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Red bananas enter the Chinese market at an average of 10 yuan [1.57 USD] per 0.5 kg

Red bananas, also known as apple bananas, entered the Chinese market in April. Guangdong Geli Agricultural Science and Technology Co., Ltd. (hereafter "Geli Agriculture"), recently began harvesting apple bananas in Leshan, Gaozhou, in Guangdong. The wholesale price of apple bananas purchased at the plantation is around 3.9 yuan [0.61 USD] per 0.5 kg. These bananas stand out in the market because they are plum, glutinous, and fragrant. The market retail price is around 10-15 yuan [1.57-2.35 USD] per 0.5 kg.

The season of apple bananas has arrived

The supply volume of apple bananas from Gaozhou is expected to significantly expand in the next couple weeks. The apple bananas from Guangzhou and Zhanjiang in Guangdong, as well as production areas in Yunnan, are gradually entering the market too. They will be joined by apple bananas from Taishan and Yangjiang in Guangdong, as well as Nanning and Chongzuo in Guangxi, in the middle of May.

Geli Agriculture plantation in Leshan, Gaozhou

Plantation worker bags up a bunch of apple bananas

"The Geli Agriculture plantation in Leshan covers a surface are of more than 33 hectares," said Geli Agriculture spokesperson Wu Weipeng. The bananas are around 80% ripe, and the excellent product quality attracts many visiting traders. Many trading companies have already signed orders with Geli Agriculture for the delivery of apple bananas.

Geli Agriculture spokesperson Wu Weipeng visits the plantation

"The apple bananas have gained much popularity in the last two years because they are sweet, glutinous, and smooth." This is according to Wu Jianwu, founder of the Chinese Apple Banana Planters Union. The apple bananas quickly gained popularity through promotional activities on major online platforms. And as sales improved, so did the price.

Apple bananas look plump and their product quality is excellent

Gaozhou became one of the main production areas of apple bananas because the weather is warm. "In recent years the overall surface area devoted to apple banana plantation in Gaozhou expanded and plantation owners implement more and more specialized plantation technology. That is why the production volume and product quality all improved," said Wu Jianwu.

At the same time, Gaozhou has similar weather conditions as Xuwen in Zhanjiang, Nansha in Guangzhou, and Boluo in Huizhou, as well as Nanning and Chongzuo in Guangxi, Jinghong and Pu'er in Yunnan, and Cehang in Guizhou. These have all become important production areas in the apple banana industry. Altogether the overall surface area devoted to apple banana plantation exceeds 20,000 hectares.

Apple bananas sold in Hema fresh

Consumer demand for apple bananas has rapidly increased in recent years. Gaozhou apple bananas benefited from the popularization of apple bananas to make a name for themselves. They are sold in many parts of the country. Many wholesale traders choose refrigerated transport because the product quality is better maintained, which helps to expand the consumer market for apple bananas, even though the cost price goes up. Refrigerated transport helps deliver the apple bananas to the market in north China, and even as far as Xinjiang, without a loss of product quality or fresh flavor.

The production volume of a single apple banana tree is not very big. And the tree has strict plantation requirements. The period between flowering and ripe fruit takes about 5 or 6 months. This is the 'elite' of the banana industry.

The flavor of the apple bananas is still slightly bitter, but after the middle of April the flavor will quickly improve. "Ripe apple bananas have a BRIX value of more than 30%, whereas regular bananas have a BRIX value of only around 23%," explained Wu Jianwu. Apple bananas also keep their flavor and product quality at room temperature better than regular bananas. They do not require processing or cold storage. That really helps to cut down on the cost price.

High sugar content of Geli Agriculture apple bananas

Temperatures are rising, which means that yellow bananas more easily spoil during transport. Geli Agriculture has years of experience in the banana industry. They harvest the apple bananas when they are 80% ripe and the banana peel is still green. They are directly bagged and boxed, and do not require any kind of processing.


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