Clear banana juice the African way

SegawaApolloBananaJuiceA juicing plant in South Africa is producing clear banana juice via a unique process that uses no chemical manipulation and results in a shelf stable product that never turns brown. The process is based on a traditional method used in rural Uganda and extraction can be done in small, inexpensive juicing units.
The juice offers a high sugar c {mosimage}A juicing plant in South Africa is producing clear banana juice via a unique process that uses no chemical manipulation and results in a shelf stable product that never turns brown. The process is based on a traditional method used in rural Uganda and extraction can be done in small, inexpensive juicing units.
The juice offers a high sugar content alternative to clear apple juice as a base for blends or on its own a natural, highly nutritious, energy beverage.
The process was developed in SA in 2003 by a Ugandan, Apollo Segawa, in conjunction with the then Technikon Witwatersrand (now Johannesburg University).
Segawa has put up a plant with a capacity of 1,200litre/day juice from the indigenous banana plant Pisang awak. His company, Exotic Banana Products manufacturers a range of banana juice blends (mango, orange, granadilla and apple).
A listing with a major South African supermarket group has been negotiated, he says.
According to Segawa, his patented process differs from others (mainly used in the USA) in that it is purely physical, using fibrous material as a processing aid, instead of enzymes. It results in a much shorter cycle (15 minutes as opposed to four hours) and is relative simple and inexpensive.
The plant cost about $150,000 to install, but banana juice could be extracted from a mobile unit, says Segawa, making it highly applicable in sub-Saharan Africa where the banana species occurs widely.
Segawa is interested in working with partners elsewhere in Africa and has already received requests from Botswana.
Segawa: cell +27-72-414 3388; pollos_za@yahoo.co.uk