Bananas are generally grown in tropical climates and must be transported over large distances. Because of this, the banana fruit is harvested before it is fully ripe. In order to keep the bananas fresh, the fruit is transported in a cool environment of around 13 degrees celcius. In addition, banana harvesters transport bananas under conditions that remove ethylene, which is a gas that is produced by the bananas as a ripening agent for the fruit. With this technology, bananas can be stored and transported for up to 4 weeks. Upon arrival at the final destination, bananas are treated with a small amount of ethylene at a temperature of 17 degrees celcius. After a few days, they are distributed for sale at your local grocery store.

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