Bananas are the most important mono-crop in the Canary Islands. Its success as a fruit, in fact, made bananas in all their variants the most widely consumed tropical fruit in the world.
The banana tree is a relatively old plant with respect to its arrival in La Gomera, back in the 15th century. The popularity of the fruit among European tourists who began to arrive on the islands in the 19th Century aroused the interest of UK grocery companies. This was the germ of the large sector that is the banana industry in the islands. It was such a source of wealth that, to facilitate direct transport from Hermigua and other villages in the north of the island, local farmers joined forces to build impressive loading stations that would face the wild Atlantic.
Another of the wonders of banana is that there is no "Season". In our plantation you can openly see how each plant is in a different life cycle. Plant, not tree, as it is a large plant with a stem and leaves, not a trunk. Each one has its own life-cycle, something also possible thanks to the climates in which it is cultivated: very fertile soils, humidity and constant temperature throughout the year.
The existing banana tree in La Gomera is the Cavendish Dwarf, which can be eaten raw or cooked, of medium size and live yellow colour when ripe. Splash stains on the surface are precisely that, splashes of plant sage, which fall on bananas when the'pineapple' (piña) is cut from the plant. The banana is cut when it reaches its proper size, but does not pick up the yellow color that indicates its ripening until after a few days at the sun. In the Canarian courtyards you could previously see the banana trees hanging up to ripen at room temperature and with a little sunshine. That's how they get a fuller taste, far from the version you can buy at supermarkets in Europe and around the World.