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JOINT VENTURE: El Ejido’s La Union Corp and ASPROCAN hope to salvage La Palma bananas Photo credit: La Union Corp

EL EJIDO-based La Union Corp will help La Palma banana growers by freezing fruit damaged by ash from the volcano.

They are using a new technique to freeze bananas for as long as necessary without affecting their flavour or nutrients, revealed the ASPROCAN banana producers’ association.

The joint initiative hopes to salvage as much of the La Palma crop as possible and prevent the unnecessary waste of a product which is in perfect condition but, owing to EU regulations, cannot be marketed because its skin is blemished.

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The damaged fruit will be frozen at the Almeria plant where it can later be cut and packaged, ready for donation to food banks throughout Spain.

Ten thousand La Palma families depend on banana-growing and they are currently sustaining ever-increasing losses, explained ASPOCAN president Domingo Martin Ortega

“We are working on several options to save the largest possible volume of La Palma fruit,” Ortega said.


“This technique could be one of them but it also has the potential to become an interesting long-term procedure.”

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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