First Grade Banana Specifications
Banana (Musa paradisiaca)
|Presentation||Hands of 4-8 fingers|
|Stamps and labels||According to client needs|
|Packed in||18.2 Kg and 13 Kg cardboards boxes|
|Boxes per pallet||48 or 54 (High Cube Reefer)|
|Boxes per container||960 or 1.080 (High cube Reefer)|
|Fruit size||from count 3 up to count 8|
Attractive bright green color.
Good fruit setting and good taste.
It is a digestive food.
Special for young children.
Brix between 17% to 21%
Long green life. Climacteric fruit
Acceptance / Tolerances
Texture firm consistency and homogeneous appearance
Odor Sweet and fresh
Individual Weight (g) Min 165 – Max 210
Progressive Defect None
Shape elongated and cylindrical
Scarring Less 5 % fruit surface
Color Bright yellow and light green tips
Brix Min 17%
Internal Appearance Fresh, white, spongy
Excellent soils and the best agricultural practices reflect the quality and shelf life of our products.
Environmental friendly practices allowed the sustainability of our lands and guarantee the best use of our natural resources.
We are a certified Rainforest Alliance.
Climate and weather conditions in the area are some of the best in the world guaranteeing production and premium quality all year round.
The banana production process consists of four major segments:
Culminates in the development of a flowering stem with a large bud after approximately 6-8 months. Within this bud are tiny flowers that will eventually develop into bananas.
After the stem has emerged, the fruit protection process begins. Fourteen days after the stem has developed, leaves that may damage the fruit are removed and the fruit is bagged to shield it from sun and insect damage. Colored ribbons are tied at the top of the bag to denote the scheduled harvest week. The plants are supported by twine to protect the plants from being blown over by the wind.
Harvest, cleaning and package
After the fruit has sufficiently matured, the bananas are cut from the stems and placed in water tanks for cleaning. Workers cut the bananas into small clusters and wash the clusters again. Our company stickers are then applied to the clusters and then packed and loaded into boxes on pallets for shipment.
Bananas are primarily transported by truck or train to port where the bananas are loaded on refrigerated ships, normally within 24 hours of harvest. Within 3 to 11 days, depending on the final destination, the fruit arrives at the market where it is ripened and distributed.
The packaging of the product is conducted in our packing plants located in each of the production farms. The Costa Rica Ministry of Health, as well as the USDA, certifies all of our packing facilities. Well-trained personnel and good health and clean conditions guarantee the quality of the bananas as well as shelf life at the final destination.
We offer standard boxes of first and second-grade bananas, quad packs, bunches, singles, etc. in different packages that are tailored made for different markets.