Learning about bananas

Connecting Peoples Honduras

Written by: Charissa Zehr

Every January we have an MCC Honduras team meeting to do planning for the year ahead. This year, our meeting was in El Progreso, an interesting city not too far from San Pedro. The “valley of Sula” or the greater San Pedro area has a lot of manufacturing and production that is sent to the major port city of Puerto Cortes for export. Bananas and sugar cane are major cash crops in the warm climate of the flat valley, as opposed to in the western mountains (where Santa Rosa is located) that mostly rely on cash crops of coffee and tobacco.

One of the highlights of this retreat was being able to visit a banana plantation and learn about the whole process–from the tree to the Dole box that shows up in North American grocery stores. It was fascinating! (Full disclosure: I have a mild obsession…

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