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Bananas in Iceland

I just read about bananas growing in Iceland just 177 miles from the Arctic Circle and it happens to be Northern Europe’s largest banana plantation.

As we have always thought bananas grow in warmer or tropical climates. Well, this banana plantation is at the Icelandic National Gardening School close to the city of Hveragerdi. The area itself has many volcanic hot springs. The heat from these springs keeps the temperatures in the greenhouses warms enough for bananas to grow.

The first bananas were planted around 1950 as an experiment and once the experiment proved to be a success the school kept on growing bananas. They have several large greenhouses and besides bananas, they also grow coffee, cocoa, avocados and other plants you would normally think to grow in much warmer climates.

In the winter outside temperatures plummet down to below freezing and in the summer they might not go higher than about 60 degrees F. However the volcanic springs are able to keep the temps up at 70 degrees. These bananas have come to like their volcanically heated home and can be harvested from April to June. If visitors like they can go and take a look at the fruit growing in the greenhouses.

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    • You know Carol it was the strangest thing when I found out about bananas growing in Iceland. At the market in Riga, Latvia they all came from tropical places like Ecuador and i would have thought that they would import them from Iceland because it was so much closer and support a European country

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