Banana tree is one of the most popular fruit trees in our country. They are grown for their large size, sweet taste and delicious texture. There are several varieties of bananas available commercially such as: Cavendish, Musa sapote, Mango, Gros Michel and many others. These fruits grow from a single stem up to over 10 feet tall with a diameter of 1/2 inch or even larger. Each variety has its own unique shape and flavor characteristics.
The bananas are harvested during the dormant season (late winter through early spring) when they have not yet produced any new fruit. After picking, the bananas are hung upside down from a tree branch so that sunlight does not damage them. The ripe bananas are then wrapped in plastic bags and stored until ready to eat.
In order to properly pick bananas, it is necessary to know the proper way of doing so. For example, if you want to cut off a small piece of banana flower, then you must first remove all the other leaves from around the flower before cutting it off. If you do not take care in removing these other leaves, then your cut will be very painful and may cause infection.
Banana harvesting is a task which can be very dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you’re not careful, then you can fall from the tree or may cut yourself on the banana’s sharp edges. To avoid such injuries, one should always wear gloves when picking bananas.
Additionally, it is also important to wear shoes that provide good grip and protect your feet from any sharp objects in case you fall. Finally, you should be very careful when climbing the tree as a fall could prove fatal.
The time of day when you pick your bananas does affect the taste and ripeness of the finished product. For this reason, most banana harvesters wait until just before dusk to harvest their crops. If you want your bananas to be sweet, then you should pick them while they are still green.
If you want them to be yellow, then you should wait until they reach that color.
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