Secret Banana Juice Extraction Methods Uncovered

May 14, 2007

Toronto probably has the most diverse foods in the world. But, as we’ve discussed in earlier posts, fruit juice selection is limited. Wandering around fruit juice stores you might wonder why you never see banana juice. Perhaps banana juice is too costly to make, or perhaps demand by beer enthusiasts for banana juice-beer combinations just isn’t big enough.

Luckily for us, India’s Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) is directing its resources to uncover the secrets of banana juice extraction. Here’s what they have to say:

“Banana is the most abundant fruit crop grown in India. Banana production in India accounts for over 20% of total banana produced in the world. A comparatively short post-harvest shelf-life of banana coupled with a dearth of sufficient and good quality transportation as well as storage facilities leads to perishing of 35-40% of this highly nutritious fruit before it reaches the consumer. One effective method of reducing this huge loss would be to extract the juice out of the fruit before it perishes and preserve it. As of now, no commercially established process is available to achieve this. A novel lab-scale process has been developed at BARC for extraction of juice from banana and production of banana powder as a by-product.”

While we thought therecreationalvegan’s Quantitative Science Branch (QSB) would first develop this technology, we are happy that it will only be a matter of time before banana juice floods the Toronto market.



May 11, 2007

My stove (click to enlarge).

My stove

Notice of Retraction

May 9, 2007

Some readers may have noticed that at approximately 11:55 pm E.D.T. today, Vegetarian Haven’s VfM (Value for Money) ranking on this website dropped by one-half avocado. This change comes as a direct result of increased competition in vegan food production from China. Following visits to a trio of low-priced vegan restaurants in Chinatown (namely Buddha’s Vegetarian Foods, Full Moon, and Bo De Duyen), it became clear that an immediate revaluation of VfM rankings on this website was necessary.

Although protectionists will likely clamour for subsidies to rankings for restaurants outside of Chinatown, we believe that interventionist policies such as these would undermine competition in the market place and would be detrimental to consumer welfare. As a result, we have elected to allow VfM rankings to adjust flexibly to changes in market conditions. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused for our readers.