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Sunday, August 31, 2003
Posted 5:37 PM by Luigi
From Lois Englberger in Pohnpei: interesting banana news
I wanted to share this news with you since we have discussed the vitamin A-rich banana called Taiwang and its promotion. Taiwang banana is now being marketed in Pohnpei! This is at a small shop run by Ana Santos across from the Mobile gas station. I went to her shop this evening and she had Taiwang in her shop! When I asked her how long she had been selling it, she said, "Right after you first told me about Taiwang being high in vitamin A." This was about three months ago, I recorded in my field notes talking to her on May 19. She told me at that time that people had been asking for that banana, but that she had not wanted to sell it because as she said, "I was brought up in the time that that banana was not very important." We had several long discussions at that time in May and she had decided then to try selling it.
The prices on Taiwang at Ana's shop are:
- Purchase price from farmer: US$0.15 per pound
- Selling price to consumer: US$0.25 per pound
She sells Utin Ruk cooking banana at the same price, Menihle eating banana at US$0.35.
She told me that she has sold about 40 bunches since the time that she started, and that she has no trouble selling it. She said that she had the idea that if she couldn't sell it, she would use it for making something for the food stall that she runs. But, so far she has not had the opportunity to use it for that because she has sold all the Taiwang so quickly. She limits it, buying about 3 bunches per shipment, as she is still running a small produce shop. Her suppliers always ask first about how many Taiwang bunches she would like.
She said that people are buying the Taiwang for three things:
1- making pihlolo
2- making doughnuts
3- making rais dol uht, which means rice with banana (substitute that for rice duluj) and is made with coconut cream
People like Taiwang because it is sweet and has a good taste. She has eaten rice cooked with Taiwang, as prepared by others, and she said that it has a very good taste. One woman told her that they had heard about Taiwang having high levels of Vitamin A and that is why they wanted to buy it. Also, she said that she is telling people about the health benefits of Taiwang.
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