Are the bananas we eat really vegan?

Verified on 16/08/2022 by Guillaume Tabbara, Journalist
Les bananes que nous mangeons sont-elles réellement véganes ?

But how can a natural fruit not be vegan? Find out below!

A banana is a natural fruit that grows on banana trees. Since veganism is a way of life that excludes from its consumption any product derived from animal exploitation, bananas should therefore be classified as vegan!

If you pick a banana and eat it, the fruit will be suitable for all eating styles. However, it’s no secret that the fruit we eat isn’t all that natural. That’s where the problem lies.

A chemical product for preservation

The bananas we eat often come from the 4 corners of the world. The problem is that they can’t be stored for long, and this prevents them from being transported in such a way that they don’t rot before reaching our supermarket shelves.

To preserve them at their best, producers use a very specific product derived from the exoskeleton of crustaceans or the endoskeleton of squid.

But we don’t eat the banana peel, do we? The Swiss antispecist information platform explains in an article:

« Of course, we don’t eat the peel, but not only does the sprayed product end up diffusing inside the fruit, but the banana participates, through this process, in the animal exploitation we reject. « 

Do organic bananas really exist?

This spray, discovered in 2012 by Taiwanese scientists, is now used worldwide and is unfortunately not labeled in the ingredients and products used.

Some organic products claim not to use this preservation process, which prevents bananas from turning brown. Antispeciste. ch is more pessimistic, claiming that it is « virtually impossible to consume bananas here that have not undergone this treatment. »