DERBY® International Brand is one of the leading brands in the international market.

Class: Premium 1 class A
Variety: Cavendish
Origin: Ecuador

Special attention is paid to strict quality control, competitiveness, reliability and high standard in the production, packaging and transport of fruit in our brand.

Every week, to be more specific 52 weeks a year we import fresh, green premium bananas from Ecuador in our own brand Derby ®, where we have permanent partners and carefully selected producers.
The transport is done by the most modern ships of the so-called. “Reefer” to ensure optimal conditions from the plantation, the port of embarkation, to the final customer.

We are present in all international markets, especially in the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, and in the countries of the former Yugoslavia. All our customers and partners have their own capacities for refrigerators and sockets.
The market and the number of customers are constantly increasing, which is a result of the positive experience and reputation of the previous sales. It is also our best promotion!

Nutritional values of bananas

Nutritionally, bananas are very valuable fruits. They  contain a lot of vitamins and minerals, of which it is good to mention phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A, B6, folic acid and vitamin C.
Calories 371 kJ (89 kcal)
Carbs 22.84 g
Sugar 12.23 g
Fiber 2.6 g
Fats 0.33 g
Proteins 1.09 g
Vitamin A 3 μg (0%)
Thiamin (vit. B1) 0.031 mg (2%)
Riboflavin (Vit. B2) 0.073 mg (5%)
Niacin (Vit. B3) 0.665 mg (4%)
Pantothenic Acid (B5) 0.334 mg (7%)
Vitamin B6 0.367 mg (28%)
Folate (Vit. B9) 20 μg (5%)
Vitamin C 8.7 mg (15%)
Calcium 5 mg (1%)
Iron 0.26 mg (2%)
Manganese 27 mg (7%)
Phosphorus 22 mg (3%)
Potassium 358 mg (8%)
Zinc 1.15g (1%)

Origin and variety

There are many types of bananas, but the most loved one is Cavendish – yellow and rounded.
There are exotic ones as well

  • baby bananas;
  • green guinea bananas used as potatoes;
  • manganese bananas that are shorter and thicker, when they ripen the turn black, and the taste is a strange, like blend of banana, strawberries and apples; and many others.

Edible fruits give bananas from the genus Musa. In genus Musa there is over 50 different types of bananas. There are also a lot of varieties of each species and hybrids between species.

Cavendish varieties are the most ones popular in the world – it is one of the most commercial varietal bananas that is the clone of one single plant from Southeast Asia.
Genetically, they are all identical. All bananas that are cultivated must be carefully planted from exclusively the root of the main variety.

Health and beauty

Bananas are a exceptionally healthy portable dish. They are full of vitamins, fibers, and carbohydrates that will save your sleeping energy in time. In addition, bananas are among the cheapest fruit in the world despite long-term transport. Namely, the production and demand of bananas is so high that the prices have become extremely low, for the benefit of the buyers.

The ingestion of fiber rich in bananas is extremely important for human health, as a proper fiber intake ensures a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and digestive constipation, and the fibers will keep you appetite down. Bananas also contain resistant starch, a type of carbohydrate that helps you lose weight . When the hunger starts , you can reach out to the banana without the bother of conscience, as it contains only 100 calories.
The smell of bananas can reduce appetite. According to a research conducted in Chicago by the Research Foundation for the Treatment of Odor and Flavor, it has been found that only the smell of some foods can deceive the brain to think of what it has already eaten. Bananas are one of these foods. They are a true friend of the diet.
Apart from the good looks and energy, bananas are very valuable for the general functioning of the human organism.

Potassium is one of the vital minerals that, among other things, ensures good heart function, and functional and healthy muscles.
Vitamin C from one banana meets 15 percent of the recommended daily dose, and we know that vitamin C is an important antioxidant that helps neutralize harmful free radicals. It also helps in collagen production that holds muscles, bones and other tissues together. Vitamin B6, which is rich in bananas, will help the body create the amino acids that produce healthy cells. Vitamin B6 is recommended for pregnant women, but also for men who have problems with fertility.

When you feel sad, get a banana. Apart from having a smile shape, they really contain a happiness hormone, a popular serotonin. It also contains magnesium, whose deficiency is closely related to the appearance of depression, anxiety, irritability, and other mood disorder.

Tips and tricks for healthy life

Depression: Bananas contain tryptophan, a kind of protein that is being transformed into serotonin, a hormone of happiness that raises your mood, while bananas magnesium acts soothing and helps you relax.

PMS: Take a banana when you feel nervous. Vitamin B6 regulates the level of blood sugar, which causes changes in mood.

Anemia: Since bananas are rich in iron, they stimulate hemoglobin production and help in anemia cases.

Blood Pressure: Rich in potassium and poor salt, banana is perfect for lowering high blood pressure.

Lack of concentration: Bananas help in better brain function.

Constipation: Banana fibers will help you remove excess things from the body without getting caught in laxatives.

Hangover: Honeybee banana frape is one of the most famous craving medicines. Banana will calm the stomach, honey replenish blood sugar, and milk rehydrate the body.

Morning sickness: Banana between meals will prevent blood sugar falling and help you avoid morning sickness.

Anxiety: B vitamins from banana help calm the nervous system.

Stomach ulcer: If you have problems with stomach ulcer, bananas will neutralize excess acidity and reduce irritation.

Elevated temperature: Bananas are “cold” fruits that can reduce the temperature of pregnant women.

Smoking: Bananas can help with quitting smoking. Vitamins B6, B12, potassium and magnesium help the body recover from the effects of withdrawing nicotine from the body.

Stroke: Frequent banana consumption can prevent the risk of death from stroke by 40%, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Swollen eyes: Eating bananas reduces eye inflammation, and it is best if you take the bark and put it on your eyes as a coating. You can rub the banana on the eyebags.

Pimples: Before going to bed with a piece of peel, rub the pimple for 10 minutes. Leave the remnants of the banana on the skin as long as possible, ideally just before going to bed or by morning. Repeat the procedure every day for a week and the pimple should disappear.

Cellulite: Bananas are an excellent ally in the fight against cellulite due to the large amount of potassium, which is responsible for good blood circulation, and the skin is kept better.

For teeth whitening: Perhaps the most famous and widespread role of banana in cosmetic purposes is to whiten teeth. For two minutes rub your teeth with banana peel and notice that your teeth are immediately brighter than usual.

Oily skin: Get rid of oily skin by making a banana mask and two teaspoons of lemon juice. Lime acids break down fat, while vitamin C from bananas will control their future production.

Benefits for sport lovers

If you follow tennis, you will notice that tennis players often eat bananas during breaks. And racers eat bananas before the marathon, just like other athletes . Why is banana such a favorite fruits among athletes?

Primarily, the banana is rich in monosaccharide fructose, a simple sugar that quickly gives the needed energy, and therefore goods are required during the matches. Two bananas give energy in 90 minutes for hard work or match

Banana is rich in potassium, a mineral that helps to normalize blood pressure, heart rate, cell, nerve and muscle contraction. Potassium sends oxygen to the brain and regulates the amount of water in the body. When we are stressed, our metabolism speeds up, reducing the level of potassium and falling into general conditions of general weakness, fatigue and irritability, and muscle cramps are also possible. One banana will establish the necessary balance in the body and satisfy 10% of the daily potassium requirements.
Tryptophan is also an important amino acid we get from bananas (but also from purice), which turns into the hormone of happiness serotonin, and we become more relaxed and moody.

During the years of research, scientists discovered additional benefits of banana consumption, so American scientists at the North Carolina Research Center (NCRC) discovered the important role of bananas in sports activities.

“We wanted to find out what is more useful to athletes during biking – bananas or sports drinks,” explained Dr. David C. Nieman, one of the researchers, added: “We found that bicycle performers are equal in whether they consume bananas or energy drinks, and bananas have a number of additional benefits.” The survey was conducted on cyclists on a 75-kilometer track, during which every 15 Minute consumed either a glass of sports drink or half a banana. Blood analysis after race showed the benefits of banana over artificial drinks. Namely, bananas gave the bikers the necessary antioxidants, a greater nutritional value, such as fiber, potassium and vitamin B6, which are not present in the beverages. It is noteworthy that banana sugars are a better quality of sugar than those in sports drinks.

Some recommendations and warnings for athletes:

  • If you are allergic to latex, you may be allergic to bananas. Do not eat bananas if your latex causes a rash, tingling or itching.
  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after sports.
Preparing for a marathon in 4 steps:

Step 1
A few hours before the marathon, eat a balanced meal, which contains whole grains, bananas and protein like a turkey or a dairy product with a low fat content.

Step 2
Thirty minutes before the start of the race, eat banana in order to have enough energy at the start.

Step 3
Every 30 to 45 minutes of the race, use a banana, some other fruit or energy tiles, and drink water and isotonic drinks at the same time. This helps to get the energy you get from carbohydrates to your muscles.

Step 4
After the end of the race, eat the banana together with some protein, in the first half hour after the end of the run. This way you will prevent a sudden drop in blood sugar, and your muscles will recover faster from effort.

Some recommendations and warnings for athletes:

  • If you are allergic to latex, you may be allergic to bananas. Do not eat bananas if your latex causes a rash, tingling or itching.
  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after sports.
Preparing for a marathon in 4 steps:

Step 1
A few hours before the marathon, eat a balanced meal, which contains whole grains, bananas and protein like a turkey or a dairy product with a low fat content.

Step 2
Thirty minutes before the start of the race, eat banana in order to have enough energy at the start.

Step 3
Every 30 to 45 minutes of the race, use a banana, some other fruit or energy tiles, and drink water and isotonic drinks at the same time. This helps to get the energy you get from carbohydrates to your muscles.

Step 4
After the end of the race, eat the banana together with some protein, in the first half hour after the end of the run. This way you will prevent a sudden drop in blood sugar, and your muscles will recover faster from effort.

ABOUT BANANAS

History of bananas

How the Banana split dessert came into being and has anything to do with the Croatian city of Split, why bananas peel have been placed under the law and what role does Charlie Chaplin play in banana popularization in the following lines.

Interesting historical facts about banana:

  • Some horticulturists believe that bananas were the first fruits on Earth.
  • Most banana types come from South East Asia, in the jungles of Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, where various types of wild bananas are still growing today.
  • It is believed that the first written mention of the banana was in the Sanskrit 500 years before Christ.
  • It is believed that the word banana came from the Arabic word banaan, meaning finger.
  • Bananas began to grow 8,000 years before Christ.
  • The trading of banan began at the end of the 14th century.
  • Portuguese sailors brought bananas to America from West Africa in the 16th century.
  • Bananas became widely accepted as food in the West in 1876, after being sold 10 cents wrapped in a film at Philadelphia.
  • David Evans Strickler invented the banana split in 1904, working as a young employee in a Pennsylvania store where he was selling carbonated drinks.
  • The development of transport has made it possible for bananas to become the 4th most popular plant in the world.
  • Banana peel as a comedy element was introduced in the 19th century. Namely, in 1879, the popular Harper’s Weekly magazine criticized people for bananas peels, saying “those who throw the banana on the sidewalk make up a great unpleasant public and will probably be responsible for broken limbs.” This was not written for no reason, because during this period fractures were reported due to standing on the banana, which sometimes led to leg amputation. The problem was officially placed under the law when in 1909 city council St. Louisa voted unlawful “banana banana in public.”
  • The first person who used the banana as a physical element of comedy was “Sliding” Billy Watson.
  • The banana peel gag appeared for the first time on the big screen in Charlie Chaplin’s movie By the Sea, where he threw a banana on the floor in an unaccountable way, in order to slip himself on later.

Banana breeding

Banana on trees ranging from 3 to 9 meters. Each tree has long leaves up to 5 meters long. When the tree is older it forms a floral axle that hangs down with a group of bananas. One pile can have a whole dozen of twenty or more fruits. Banana gives a very big crop and is popular for breeding.

Bananas need a rich and well-compacted soil. It should be deep, but with a high percentage of moisture. It is important to provide bananas from the wind. The smallest varieties are planted at least three meters away from each other because they are extremely high and branched.

Some of the smaller varieties of bananas or those reserved for decoration will grow from seeds, however, reproduction can best be achieved with tubers and their accompanying  buds.

In colder climates, they can be grown in a greenhouse. It’s important that the temperature does not fall below 19 degrees and not more than 30 degrees. If you grow them in pots, bring them out in the summer months outdoors.

Regularly prune them and  they will grow better. The banana should give the fruit a year later. Only one stem yields fruit, and after removing the fruits, cut off and stem. The lifetime of banana is long, but commercial varieties need to be changed every 10 years.

  • Maintenance

In the spring, they are shifted into a larger pot, so they can grow smoothly. Secure them with a lot of compost and treat them as needed. In the summer, repeat everything, while autumn is reserved for harvesting fruits. After harvesting, remove old stems and rub them. Maintain the necessary heat in the winter.

  • Disease protection

Banana tree is not susceptible to diseases or pests, it is extremely resistant.

  • Harvest of bananas

Bananas are born after a year, and harvesting takes place in autumn. It’s best to pick the bananas while they are green and leave them in a warm place to reach the yellow color.

41 facts about bananas

  • The scientific name is musa sapientum, which in translation means “fruit of the wise.”
  • The banana grape is called a hand, and every banana on the cluster is a finger.
  • Bananas are not trees, but herbaceous plants.
  • Bananas float on the water, just like apples and watermelons
  • The “banana” tree gives the fruit only once.
  • Bananas include berries, which means they are the same group with tomatoes, grapes and cranberries.
  • Bananas are not necessarily yellow. There are green and red ones.
  • Bananas weigh an average of 125 grams.
  • Banana contains about 75% of water, from which you can not make juice.
  • Some cultures use fiber from bananas for the production of textiles and paper.
  • Banana is grown for food, making it the fourth most important plant in the world for food (rice, wheat and corn are in the first three places), but also as an ornamental garden plant.
  • People cultivate bananas from 8,000 years before Christ.
  • Bananas we consume are the human “invention”; Wild banana is full of seeds.
  • Bananas grow in more than 150 countries and are produced in more than 100 billion tons a year.
  • Most of them are in Southeast Asia, South and South-East Asia, Africa, and Central and South America.
  • Uganda has the highest per capita consumption – 225 pounds per year. Uganda’s word matooke means both “food” and “banana”.
  • Some types of bananas have managed to grow even in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • India is the world’s largest producer of bananas.
  • The largest banana exporter is Ecuador (29% of world exports). The largest importer is the United States.
  • The largest number of bananas in 30 minutes was eaten by one Indian – even 81 banana.
  • Bananas are rich in minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, fluorine, phosphorus, iron, zinc and copper. Potassium is also important for the normalization of blood pressure, heart function, cell, nerve and muscle function. A diet rich in potassium, magnesium and dietary fiber significantly reduces the risk of heart attack.
  • They are a good source of vitamins (A, C, D, E), especially beta-carotene and vitamin B6, and rich in dietary fiber and manganese, which is needed for proper bone formation, growth and normal metabolism.
  • Banana also has a lot of iron and so helps in some cases of anemia.
  • Bananas are great for mood amelioration and “killing” of depression, as well as reducing symptoms of PMS. They have tryptophan and vitamin B6, which together stimulate the production of serotonin, a hormone of happiness. In addition, vitamin C “brings you from the dead,” and one banana meets 15 percent of the daily requirement for vitamin C.
  • Potassium and B vitamins are natural medicines for nerves and fighters against stress. When we are stressed, our metabolism speeds up and so reduces the level of potassium, so we can compensate for eating bananas.
  • Bananas are an excellent natural remedy for both diarrhea and constipation.
  • Bananas are mildly radioactive, but this level is so low that there is no fear for our health.
  • Bananas are great as fighters against hangovers. Eat the banana before going to bed and immediately after getting up. It is optimal if you mix the banana with a teaspoon of honey and milk and make frapps, because you will soothe your stomach by pectin, honey compromise your blood sugar level, while the milk will hydrate the whole body.
  • Banana is the only raw fruit that can be taken in various chronic diseases. It is used as food for guts disorders because it neutralizes acids and reduces irritation by obstructing the inside of the stomach. Banana is excellent against stomach ulcer.
  • Bananas smell can reduce appetite.
  • Bananas are a good friend of diet. It contains resistant starch, a type of carbohydrate that helps you feel a little longer.
  • After the Second World War, bananas became a luxury and only rich people could afford them.
  • The fastest marathon runner ever in the costume lasted 2 hours, 58 minutes and 20 seconds, and ran it in 2011 in Barcelona Briton Patrick Wightman, dressed in a banana.
  • In California there is a Banana Club Museum, where more than 17,000 items of banana are exhibited
  • In California there is a Banana Club Museum, where more than 17,000 items of banana are exhibited.
  • There are numerous sayings that use the banana. For those who are crazy, Americans say they have “bananas”, while Croats say that they are “in banana” for those who are in the throes of problems.
  • Banana-state is a defamatory name for countries that are politically unstable, which depend on the export of only one culture, while the authorities hold corrupt groups. The notion was created by the countries in Central America that exported bananas and which were dependent on the export of only one monoculture.chocolate overflow and cream.
  • Banana-split is a culinary delicacy and has nothing to do with Split. The word “split” in English means “split / halved”, and the banana-split consists of one banana cut along the whole length in two parts with three balls of ice cream, chocolate overflow and cream.
  • Banana plug is an electric plug that resembles a banana.
  • The banana-boat is an inflatable boat, mainly for fun purposes.
  • The cover of the album The Velvet Underground from 1967 is a banana illustration by Andy Warhol. Only in 2013 Warhol’s heirs and band members managed to agree whose banana.

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