Going Bananas in the Phillipines

Banana is a tropical fruit which is famous in the Philippines. It became the top choice of the Filipinos as an ingredient in various menus. There are two varieties of banana either best for cooking of best for fresh-eating.

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Banana cue is the term we call for deep fried bananas coated with caramelized sugar.  The specific variety of banana that is only intended for banana cue is SABA .The reason why it is called banana cue is because we put these fried bananas on a skewer made of bamboo; just like those that we used for our barbecues.

Quickie Cook tip:
• Remove the pilling of the ripe banana.
• Heat a cooking oil in a frying pan
• Cook/deep fry the banana until it will turn golden brown.
• Put an enough amount of brown sugar directly to the banana until the sugar melts.

It is popular because of its deliciousness and appetizing appearance. Lot of Filipino households cooked this goody for snack for its mouthwatering effect.
 Business wise, Banana cue can be sold in streets and is a one of our favorite snack. The banana cue stick serves as an ease for eating so you can easily grab a bite while on the rove which is beneficial for travelers. It is perfect for those people who are always on the go like students and workers who got hungry on their way to work but don’t have enough time to eat.

Necessity is the mother of invention! Filipinos never ran out ideas and since we want to add more variations to our banana cue we come up with an idea to deep fry wrapped bananas with a thin batter (lumpia wrapper) with caramelized sugar. This gave way to the birth of our snack called turon, our own version of banana crepe fried to perfection – only in the Philippines!

Banana Plantation in the Philippines is one of the fastest growing economic stakeholders. The velocity of the delivery is also the fucos in every plantation to avoid spoilage. The only thing that hinders the growth of the industry is typhoon that really ruins the banana industry. The largest banana plantation in the Philippines is DOLE in Davao del Norte that exports variety of banana and supply the Filipinos for a living.

Moreover, In the Philippines, Panabo City is the BANANA CAPITAL of the country. The city is known as the "Banana Capital of the Philippines" due to numerous banana plantations scattered throughout the city. In fact, Panabo is the home of the world’s biggest banana plantation, which is owned by the Tagum Agricultural Development Company (TADECO), which covers around 6,900 hectares of banana fields and produces millions of boxes of export-quality bananas annually. The city itself cultivated 40% of its land or around 10,000 hectares into planting export-quality bananas, which is better known as "Cavendish Bananas". Thus, banana cultivation and exportation are the main economic lifeblood of the city.

Truly, Banana is an extraordinary divine gift that became a part of Filipinos daily life, culture, food, and especially gave livelihood to its locals. I believe that as long as we Filipinos patronize this BANANA, Banana will exist.

 Allan Aban
Guest Writer 

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