Big fellas: Banana grower David Pike with his 71.5kg bunch of CX3640 bananas that won the Heaviest Bunch award.
Big fellas: Banana grower David Pike with his 71.5kg bunch of CX3640 bananas that won the Heaviest Bunch award. Bruce Thomas

Best bananas in Coffs

FRANK Slaviero has carried off the 2010 Banana Cup for the Champion Bunch of the Coffs Harbour Show.

Mr Slaviero’s bunch, which also won the Champion Ladyfingers prize, defeated David Pike’s Champion Cavendish bunch.

Mr Pike, who is the show’s banana steward and has had to have his shoulder reconstructed after being injured working on his plantation, also won the Heaviest Bunch award with a 71.5kg bunch of an experimental variety of bananas, CX3640.

Mr Pike said GX had not been released for commercial production but the taste was considered superior to other commercial varieties and they were very popular with customers at David Tate’s banana stall at the Jetty markets.

Visitors to the show can put in a bid to buy the bunches of bananas on display, which would sell for up to $90.

Mr Pike said bunches not bought at the show would be collected by growers, broken down into hands and sold on the local market.



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