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Bananas are summer’s perfect fruit

buy-sell-circleWith summer just around the corner, it is natural to start thinking about increasing your activity level and paying more attention to eating healthier meals. Organic bananas, like the ones from Organics Unlimited, can be a big help in achieving those summer goals.

We all know that bananas have a lot of potassium, in fact one medium banana contains 350mg or 12% of your recommended daily intake (RDI), but do you know about their other health benefits?
Bananas are a good source of vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant in the body. Antioxidants fight against damage caused by free radicals that can lead to some types of cancer, as well as heart disease and premature aging. One medium banana provides 10mg vitamin C, a quarter of the RDI.
Bananas not only help you look good both on the inside and out, but they also help you feel good. Of all fruits, bananas are the best source of vitamin B6, with one large banana providing 50% of the RDI. Vitamin B6 helps the body to make red blood cells and neurotransmitters such as serotonin (the ‘feel-good’ hormone). In addition, Bananas contain a plethora of other vitamins and minerals that promote relaxation and stress-relief as well. Melatonin is a hormone that promotes sleep, and bananas are one of the only foods it’s naturally found in. What’s more, magnesium is known to relax muscles, perfect for that after gym snack.

Incorporating bananas into your daily diet does not have to be boring. Here are some ideas to get you started:
• Bananas can be cooked on the barbecue. Throw them whole onto the grill and cook until their skin turns black and the banana flesh inside is nice and soft. They are delicious on their own, or for an extra treat you can eat them with ice cream or berries, or you can split the skin and pop some chocolate chips inside, wrapping in foil before cooking.
• Make a banana sandwich for lunch or a snack. A fantastic combination is bananas with peanut butter, raisins or both.
• Smoothies are a great way to use up bananas, especially if they’re over-ripe. Try blending with yogurt and strawberries for a quick breakfast or snack.
• You can make ‘ice cream’ from frozen bananas. Simply peel some bananas and freeze them overnight wrapped in cling film. Take them out of the freezer about 20 minutes before needed to allow them to soften. Chop them up and place in a blender, mixing until smooth and creamy. This treat is best served straight away.
To learn more about our organic bananas and how you can offer Organics Unlimited and GROW organic bananas in your store, please visit OrganicsUnlimited.com. You may also follow Organics Unlimited on Facebook and Twitter for more news.

Help us help our communities

PCC Natural's Healthy Living Fair

One thing we can all agree on is that working in the produce business teaches you to plan ahead. At Organics Unlimited, we understand that with the summer season right around the corner, you have a lot to focus on and so we wanted to get your attention before it’s too late.

One of the events that we, as a company, prepare for every year is the much-loved GROW Month, which occurs in September. During #GROWmonth, retailers are encouraged to promote the GROW by Organics Unlimited program. GROW allows us to help the communities in our banana growing areas by offering assistance in education (such as scholarships for deserving students), helping the local clinic with supplies, providing a clean drinking water program, dental and vision services, and much more. These benefits go to not just the workers at Organics Unlimited, but to every person that lives in the surrounding communities. Funding is made possible through the sale of GROW organic bananas, and a percentage of each sale goes to the GROW fund.

This year, we are asking retailers to help us showcase the GROW program by volunteering to host an in-store event or to agree to have a TV news camera shoot live inside the store. Events could consist of many things such as in-store demonstrations, banana tastings, and kids’ events. If you agree to host, Organics Unlimited will gladly provide you with delicious organic bananas to use at your event. If you would like to participate, please send us an email.

We believe promoting GROW is good not just for our banana growing communities, but also for our retailers. More and more, people want to know where their food comes from. Promoting our delicious organic bananas tells your customers that you do business with a company that cares about growing produce in an organic, sustainable way that benefits both the environment and our communities.

To learn more about our organic bananas and how you can offer Organics Unlimited and GROW organic bananas in your store, please visit OrganicsUnlimited.com. You may also follow Organics Unlimited on Facebook and Twitter for more news. For more information on GROW month and how you can help, please send us an email.

 

Organic Bananas, From Our Farm to Your Table

 

 

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High-quality organic bananas that are delivered fresh and taste great are the product of years of research, experience and daily dedication. When considering how we are able to provide the freshest, highest-quality bananas to retailers and distributors, it’s important to know that we meticulously oversee the whole logistical chain. From the soil the bananas are grown in to the storage before distributors pick up their orders we keep quality in mind first and foremost.

The first step is to guarantee that the plants have good nutrition while growing. This begins with the soil. By performing soil tests at the farms and sending the samples to a lab for testing, we can determine the nutrient levels and moisture in the soil. These results show if the soil needs any organic fertilizers to provide the banana plants with the proper nutrients they need. It also helps determine if irrigation levels are accurate. Also very important, Organics Unlimited ensures that the soil used to grow organic bananas has never been used before in conventional farming, thus eliminating the possibility of residual chemicals.

As the banana plants grow, their physical characteristics are tracked for problems that may affect the quality of the bananas. Special teams make sure the irrigation systems provide each plant with the perfect amount of water and ensure the proper amount of sunlight reaches each plant.

Once the fruit is mature, bananas are cut and the process of getting them ready for shipping begins. The best, highest quality bananas without bruises or cuts are chosen (external blemishes can signify a poor quality fruit underneath the peel).

Transportation is very important in bringing high-quality bananas from the farm to the grocery store. Organics Unlimited uses trucks with temperature and humidity control, keeping the bananas at optimal levels so they don’t spoil from freezing or overheating. The transportation system ensures that the freshness of Organics Unlimited bananas is unmatched.

Once in Organics Unlimited’s San Diego warehouse, bananas are stored in climate-controlled, pressurized conditions for no more than two days before distributors pick them up. During the storage time, the Organics Unlimited team continues to monitor the quality of the product and tracks internal temperatures of bananas as well as external appearance.

Without a doubt, the most important aspect of the logistical and quality assurance process at Organics Unlimited is the people, the staff that work together with enthusiasm and passion to produce the best organic bananas possible. We take pride in our fresh, organic fruit, our communities and our customers and consumers!

To learn more about our organic bananas and how you can offer Organics Unlimited and GROW organic bananas in your store, please visit OrganicsUnlimited.com. You may also follow Organics Unlimited on Facebook and Twitter for more news.