Banana School, part 4

Jacob Cereño checks the quality of the bananas.

Jacob Cereño checks the quality of the bananas.

Quality check

  • As the bananas are brought in from the field to the packing plant, the plastic bags around the stems and the plastic covers between the fruits are removed.
  • Then it’s time for the quality controller that Asoguabo sends to the farm. He checks a couple of bananas on every stem. If there’s something wrong, the entire stem is refused. Part of the bananas that aren’t good enough for export are sold within the country, part becomes banana puré or food for the pigs or fertilizer for new bananas.
  • These bananas didn't make it through the quality check.

    These bananas didn't make it through the quality check.

  • The controller makes sure the fruit is the right size. It should be between 39 and 46 millimetres thick. Bananas too small or too big to be exported to Europe can be sold to Chile or Peru.
  • It’s important that the banana hasn’t started ripening. The controller checks that by cutting open a banana and pressing it. The fruit should be hard and white. If the colour looks like margarine, the ripening process has started and the fruit may ripen ahead of time.
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