Thursday, September 23, 2010
The Banana Boat in the photo looked about as big as an aircraft carrier, maybe longer. I started wondering just how many bananas go through San Diego so I looked it up. Here's what I found compliments of an article called, "Port Brings Home the Goods." "The banana trade is unlikely to be affected by the economic downturn. Bananas are America's No. 1 imported fruit with the average American consuming more than 28 pounds annually. Dole imports 468,000 tons of bananas through the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal. Put another way, Dole brings in 185 million bananas each month through the Port's Tenth Avenue terminal." The ship name said Dole Honduras. It looked like they get a huge load of bananas and then dock the ship and slowly offload them as needed. I believe they ripen them on demand so they can actually keep them green for quite a while.