The Neder Banaan greenhouse is the first and only banana greenhouse in the Netherlands. In the greenhouse, bananas are cultivated in an innovative way.
Bananas are not grown in soil, but in pots with the substrate, made of coconut fibers.
Lifting bananas from the ground prevents attacks from a handful of enemies such as soil fungi, bacteria and nematodes.
Save the bananas
Fungi, such as Fusarium, the cause of Fusarium wilt or Panama disease, pose a global threat to banana cultivation.
WUR therefore explored and researched new cultivation methods and varieties of bananas for years.
This takes place under the direction of Gert Kema, professor of phytopathology and spiritual father of the Neder Banan. Knowledge generated by research is shared globally.
“If we don’t develop new varieties of bananas and new methods of cultivation, the banana will perish,” Kema said.
“For Western consumers, it may be bearable, but for over 400 million people in the tropics, bananas are their main source of nutrition. For many farmers in the tropics, it is also an essential source of income. Therefore, we really need to take action. “
Most Dutch bananas from Ede’s greenhouse will soon be found in mini éclairs, banana cupcakes, and a special banana beer.
Innovative companies that cooperate with Neder Banaan will use the banana peels and the plants on which the bananas grow.
The zest is marinated and fried by the company Banana business, which creates ‘Pulled Peel’, a vegan meat substitute. Intimate musa manufactures lingerie from fibers extracted from the stems of the banana tree, and Yellow palette presses fibers into transport pallets: an environmentally friendly wood substitute.
“By using waste streams, fewer new raw materials are needed,” said Pieter Vink, director of Neder Banaan.
“Of course, we are innovating on a small scale, but around the world there are huge volumes of banana plants and peels that are currently ending up as waste. We hope our innovations will inspire banana growers around the world and contribute to a more sustainable industry. “