Banana is an important crop throughout Asia and plays an important role in Myanmar cuisine as well as religious ceremonies. This plant (actually an herb) grows extremely rapidly (up to 20 feet in a year) in the rich, damp Irrawaddy river delta. Burma produces as many as 25 varieties of banana in a range of textures, flavors, shapes and various shades of red, green and yellow. Burmese bananas often assume the exotic sounding names of the places they are produced such as Tangwoo, Twante or Pechan.
Because of the lack of technology development and modern methodologies, most bananas produced in Burma are transported as quickly as possible for domestic consumption. China does invest in Myanmar banana production, purchasing fruit well in advance as well as providing oversight to production and harvest to ensure the fruit is suitable to survive the longer journey abroad.
Bananas are manually harvested and transported while still on the stalks by truck or small boats to the major markets and distribution centers in Yangon and Mandalay. As bananas are unloaded, they are sorted and stacked by origin, variety and quality. You can see the mark of a particular farm carved directly onto the stalks.