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At $3 each, are these the most expensive bananas in the world?

Ask any Australian when they last ate a banana and I bet they’d be hard pressed to tell you.

It’s not because they don’t like them – they do – it’s because I don’t think they would remember when they were last able to afford to buy them.

I snapped this market stall this morning in central Sydney selling bananas for $3 each (approx GBP2). Not $3 a kilo. Or $3 for a bunch. That’s $3 for each individual banana!

Unfortunately, the price of bananas has been this high all year. Most Aussies are sympathetic to the pricing because they know it’s because so many crops were destroyed during Cyclone Yasi in Queensland at the beginning of the year.

Not only that, but Australia won’t replace the destroyed crops by importing from overseas. There are very strict quarantine restrictions in place, particularly around fruit coming into the country (I nearly faced a $300 fine at the airport for forgetting I had an apple in my bag once).

The good news is, prices are at last expected to fall in September. I expect they’ll be flying off the shelves.

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