Bananas


Costa’s exceptional quality Cavendish and Lady Finger bananas are enjoyed around the country.

Our delicious bananas are grown all year round in the ideal climates of Tully and Walkamin on the Atherton Tablelands, North Queensland. We grow them so you can enjoy them every day of the year.

Bananas are one of the world's most popular and versatile fruits.  They are perfect as a healthy on-the-go snack (complete with a ready-made, biodegradable container), or as the base for a range of delicious cakes, breads, desserts, drinks and other recipes.

Packed with amino acids, bananas are particularly popular with children and sportspeople due to the natural and instant energy boost they provide.

Farm to family

Costa adopts sustainable farming with a specific emphasis upon protecting the Great Barrier Reef.

We know fallowing, planting, fertilisation and the use of chemicals all affect the health of the soil, the plants and, crucially, the fruit.  We stick to best practice regimes to ensure we can continually provide the best-quality eating bananas.

In addition to our farming practices, we maintain strict post-harvest procedures including packing, storage, transport, ripening and dispatch. This ensures our bananas remain at optimum condition until the moment they are enjoyed by the end consumer. 


Brands

The bloom brand, recently introduced to the Australian market, is a mark of outstanding quality.  The brand is committed to supplying consumers with the highest quality bananas all year round.

Other cool banana facts

 

  • Bananas are distributed all over Australia
  • The fruit is packed within 24 hours of harvest
  • Every bunch contains a number of hands; every hand consists of single fingers
  • Some cultures (most notably Japan) use the fibre in the banana plant to make fabrics and paper
  • Thanks to its oil, rubbing the inside of a banana peel on a mosquito bite (or other bug bite) can help reduce itching and inflammation
  • Bananas are picked when hard and green, and are then de-handed into small bunches, packed and ripened to perfection
  • Bananas are the only fruit that contains the amino acid tryptophan plus Vitamin B6, which helps your body produce serotonin, a natural substance that alleviates depression
  • It's said that eating a banana can provide you with about 45 minutes of energy!

Cavendish bananas

Costa grows Cavendish bananas all year round in the perfect North Queensland climate. These popular bananas are portable, packaged and ready to eat – perfect for an on-the-go energy snack!

Cavendish is Australia’s most common banana. Their bright yellow skin is an indication of their ripeness, and a great sign that they are ready to eat.

Lady Finger bananas

Costa grows Lady Finger bananas all year round in the perfect North Queensland climate. 

Portable, super sweet and ready to eat, Lady Finger Bananas are smaller and have a very thin skin. They are ideal for cutting – making them perfect for fruit salads and desserts – as they don't brown when cut. For a ripe and sweeter piece of fruit look our for bright yellow skin with signs of browning. 

Growing Regions 

Cavendish bananas are grown on all of our properties in North Queensland.


Growing Methods

Costa is at the forefront of bio-technological innovation. We do regular soil and leaf testing pre-harvest and we stimulate indigenous microbes to maintain the soil’s correct nutritional balance.

Part of the Costa philosophy is to value what has come before and put in place sustainable practice for the future. We have always maintained an important focus on regeneration programs – this contributes to the quality and consistency of our fruit.

It’s why, at any one time, up to 20% of land may be fallowed for a 12 month period before replanting.

Recipes


Looking for yummy and nutritious ways to enjoy bananas?

 From everyone’s favourite banana bread to a mouth-watering banoffee pie, we have loads of banana-infused recipes for you to enjoy. Whether you’ve got some over-ripe bananas you need to use, or some super fresh bananas that you want to do something special with, there are plenty to choose from.

Seasonality


Bananas grow best in warm, wet climates – they particularly love tropical and sub-tropical areas.

They have a relatively short growing cycle of 8 to 12 months and can be grown and harvested all year round in these tropical climates.

Once picked, post-harvest temperature is crucial. Our bananas are immediately cooled to a temperature of 17°C and packed within 24 hours.

Selection and storage

 

The majority of our bananas are ripened for sale, with a small percentage sold 'green'. Even so, bananas vary in appearance, texture and flavour, depending on their ripeness.

Avoid split stems or obvious bruising or damage. A full yellow colour with green tinges will give a lighter and more ‘tart’ flavour. Don't be put off by some brown spotting as these fruit will be sweet and ready to eat.

Bananas release a natural ripening agent called ethylene, which can speed up the ripening process of other fruit that is stored in close proximity. At home, bananas are best kept at an ambient room temperature. Refrigerating can blacken the skin, which doesn’t affect the taste but can make them look unappealing!