27 October 2011 | Posted by julia in Banana lovers,Growers,Samoa
Our dried banana chunks video gives a great overview, but there’s soooo much more to the story. Namely the journey to get them here, who was involved and what’s actually in them.
Alright yes, gold-star to you, they are in fact just dried bananas, but there is a lot more to these juicy little fellas than meets the eye.
To get them here to New Zealand, we started working with Oxfam and Samoa’s Women in Business Development Incorporated (a not-for-profit organisation working with over 250 small-scale farmers). Organically certified by NASAA, WIBDI has been working with Samoan farmers to export organically certified Misiluki bananas to NZ since 2008. By partnering closely with Oxfam and WIBDI, we’ve been able to provide these Samoan farmers with a market for a product that currently has almost no economic value locally.
As well as being good for the growers, and in turn Samoa, there are plenty of documented health benefits for eating All Good’s organic dried banana chunks too.
Unlike banana chips, which are commonly deep fried, All Good’s banana chunks are naturally dried. Being made from the more sweeter-tasting Misiluki banana means that nothing else needs to be added; we’re talking no sugar, no sweetener, no preservative and no oil. The bananas are first peeled, then sliced and dried ripe.
If that wasn’t enough, dried bananas are a good source of carbohydrates, low in fats and have no cholesterol. Being low in sodium and high in potassium, they can help to maintain blood pressure and reduce the risk of hypertension, heart diseases and atherosclerosis. They are also a great source of magnesium (which helps to relieve fatigue, relax the muscles, nerves & blood vessels), copper (which can help to reduce the risk of inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis) and manganese (which aids in the production of energy) as well as containing Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and B-group vitamins. Have a read about their benefits here (you don’t need to sign-in, just click ‘close’).
All in all making our organic dried banana chunks good for the growers’ futures, as well as a tasty healthy sweet treat for you too.
So, hungry to try them? Check out our list of stockists here.
And if you haven’t yet seen our clip, you can also watch it here.
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27 September 2011 | Posted by julia in All Good News,Banana lovers,Samoa
So you’re thinking of trying out the Organic Dried Banana Chunks eh? But not sure where to find ‘em?
Use our handy little compendium of stockists below to make seeking out the ‘Healthy & Sweet As’ displays, easy as:
- Naturally Organic, Albany
- The Juicery, Auckland City
- Eastwest Organics, Glen Eden
- Harvest Wholefoods, Grey Lynn
- Little Grocer, Grey Lynn
- Ripe Deli, Grey Lynn
- Huckleberry Farms, Glen Innes
- Farro Fresh, Constellation Drive, Mairangi Bay
- Farro Fresh, Lunn Ave, Mt Wellington
- IE Produce, Takapuna
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16 September 2011 | Posted by julia in All Good News,Banana lovers,Growers,Samoa
A little background piece on how, working with WIBDI and Oxfam New Zealand, we brought the Samoan Organic Dried Bananas to New Zealand stores (you lucky, lucky people).
You can buy these beauties in Auckland from:
Ripe Deli, The Little Grocer, The Juicery, Kokako cafe at HP Winter Garden
And we’re currently working on stores in Wellington too.
Hang tight Wellingtonians. Soon, soon.
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02 September 2011 | Posted by julia in All Good News,Banana lovers,Samoa
We’ve been working hard with Oxfam New Zealand and Samoa’s Women in Business Development Inc. to bring you these Organic Dried Banana Chunks. By partnering closely with Oxfam & WIBDI, a not-for-profit organisation working with over 250 small-scale farmers growing organically certified Misiluki bananas in Apia, we’ve been able to provide these Samoan farmers with a market for a product that currently has almost no economic value locally.
As well as being good for the growers, there are plenty of documented health benefits for eating organic dried banana chunks. Misiluki’s being naturally sweeter, means that nothing else needs to be added too. No preservatives, no sugar, no sweetner; just organic, naturally dried bananas.
And they taste YUM.
Launching at the Pacific Showcase (The Cloud, Queen’s Wharf) next week, you can already buy these little beauties from Ripe Deli, The Little Grocer, The Juicery, Harvest Wholefoods (Grey Lynn), Huckleberry Farms (Glen Innes) and from Sat 10th Sept at the Kokako pop-up cafe at HP Winter Garden. All for the lovely little price of around $3 per pack.
Try ‘em, do.
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