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Old 01-06-2009, 01:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I noticed the commercial plantations cover all the fruit stalks hanging from the plant with white or light blue plastic material. I would like to do the same but don't have any. Could I just use any plastic bag and should I cut open the bottom or leave it closed? Do the banana bags have small ventilation holes in them and any special treatment?
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Old 01-06-2009, 01:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well... The plantations have bags specially made to cover their bananas; they're a specific type of UV-resistant, lightly perforated plastic. Bagging is normally done to keep pests, like monkeys and a small bird called a bananaquit, from getting at the fruit, and also protects the fruit from sunburn. Some plantations (I'm looking at you, Chiquita) also spray the bags with pesticides to discourage insects.

If you want to do this yourself, you can use blue plastic garbage bags. Cut a hole in the bottom to go over the bunch, and leave the top open downwards.
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