Monday, June 3, 2024

UK banana plantation selling bendy fruit after Brexit

Four Skin Bananas sales director Lorraine Fisher, 34

Suffolk’s famous banana plantation can finally sell bendy fruit thanks to Brexit.

The 500-acre Four Skin Bananas plantation near Halesworth was always forced to throw away about 25% of previous crops because the EU demanded all bananas needed to be as straight as possible.

But now, thanks to Brexit, Britain has left the barmy EU rules behind, and the Suffolk producer can sell all its yellow fruit produce, no matter how bendy it may be.

The EU Commission Regulation (EC) No. 2257/94 – dubbed the bendy banana law – has been ridiculed in the UK for years, but only now can it be ignored.

Four Skin Bananas sales director Lorraine Fisher, 34, said: “This is excellent news as it means none of our lovely bunches of bananas will go to waste.

“Our bendy ones can now be sold legally in the UK, so keep your eyes peeled.

“But our exports to Europe will still only have a slight curve.

“This is jolly good news for our field workers, who work tirelessly tending to our crop to give a bumper harvest all year round.”

The land in east Suffolk is ideal for banana growing – the only place in the UK capable of supporting the fruit.

With low annual rainfall and above-average temperatures, the bananas thrive in Suffolk, saving shoppers paying extra for transporting the bananas from exotic locations like South America and Africa.

Shopper Steve Walshe said: “Finally, I can get my hands on some good old British bendy bananas. Thanks, Brexit.”

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