The Reading / Listening - Banana Peel - Level 2

It is hard to believe, but there is now a banana with a skin you can eat. Most people would never eat the peel of a banana. However, banana farmers in Japan created a technique of growing bananas with a peel we can eat. The new method is called the "freeze-thaw awakening" technique. Farmers in the west of Japan keep their banana trees at a freezing temperature of -60°C. The farmers then put the trees in 27ºC temperatures. The big change in temperature makes the tree suddenly grow. It grows too quickly for the peel to fully develop. This makes the skin thin and soft enough to eat.



The new banana is called the "Mongee". Farmers are selling it in bunches of 10 bananas. They are not cheap. One banana costs yen 650 (about six dollars). The farmers have not grown many of them, so the price is high. They want to grow more, so this means the price will come down. Bananas are Japan's most popular fruit. Japan imports about 99% of its bananas. The Mongee could mean Japanese people will eat more bananas that are grown in Japan. The Mongee banana skin is very sweet. It contains nutrients such as vitamin B6 and magnesium.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Banana Peel - Level 0 Banana Peel - Level 1   or  Banana Peel - Level 3

Sources
  • https://qz.com/1191654/a-banana-with-an-edible-peel-is-now-available-for-sale-in-japan/
  • http://www.konbini.com/us/lifestyle/discover-mongee-banana-edible-skin/
  • http://www.newsweek.com/you-eat-these-newly-engineered-bananas-skin-and-all-791546


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. It is hard to
  2. Most people would never eat
  3. a technique of
  4. a freezing temperature of
  5. The big change in
  6. too quickly for the peel to
  7. This makes the
  8. soft enough
  1. growing bananas
  2. skin thin
  3. temperature
  4. to eat
  5. believe
  6. the peel
  7. -60°C
  8. fully develop

Paragraph 2

  1. Farmers are selling
  2. The farmers have not
  3. They want to
  4. Bananas are Japan's most
  5. Japan imports about
  6. bananas that are
  7. The Mongee banana skin
  8. It contains nutrients
  1. popular fruit
  2. grown in Japan
  3. such as vitamin B6
  4. 99% of its bananas
  5. is very sweet
  6. grow more
  7. it in bunches
  8. grown many of them

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

It is (1) ___________________, but there is now a banana with a skin you can eat. Most people would never (2) ___________________ of a banana. However, banana farmers in Japan created a technique of growing bananas with a peel we can eat. The (3) ___________________ called the "freeze-thaw awakening" technique. Farmers in the west of Japan keep their banana trees at a freezing temperature (4) ___________________. The farmers then put the trees in 27ºC temperatures. The (5) ___________________ temperature makes the tree suddenly grow. It grows too quickly for the peel to fully develop. This makes the skin thin and soft (6) ___________________.

The new banana is called the "Mongee". Farmers (7) ___________________ in bunches of 10 bananas. They are not cheap. (8) ___________________ ¥650 (about six dollars). The farmers have not grown many of them, so the (9) ___________________. They want to grow more, so this means the price will come down. Bananas are Japan's (10) ___________________. Japan imports about 99% of its bananas. The Mongee could mean Japanese people will eat more bananas that (11) ___________________ Japan. The Mongee banana skin is very sweet. It contains nutrients (12) ___________________ B6 and magnesium.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Itishardtobelieve,butthereisnowabananawithaskinyoucaneat.Most
peoplewouldnevereatthepeelofabanana.However,bananafarmersin
Japancreatedatechniqueofgrowingbananaswithapeelwecaneat.The
newmethodiscalledthe"freeze-thawawakening"technique.Farmersi
nthewestofJapankeeptheirbananatreesatafreezingtemperatureof-
60°C.Thefarmersthenputthetreesin27ºCtemperatures.Thebigchan
geintemperaturemakesthetreesuddenlygrow.Itgrowstooquicklyfort
hepeeltofullydevelop.Thismakestheskinthinandsoftenoughtoeat.Th
enewbananaiscalledthe"Mongee".Farmersaresellingitinbunchesof1
0bananas.Theyarenotcheap.Onebananacosts¥650(aboutsixdollars
).Thefarmershavenotgrownmanyofthem,sothepriceishigh.Theywa
nttogrowmore,sothismeansthepricewillcomedown.BananasareJapa
n'smostpopularfruit.Japanimportsabout99%ofitsbananas.TheMong
eecouldmeanJapanesepeoplewilleatmorebananasthataregrowninJa
pan.TheMongeebananaskinisverysweet.Itcontainsnutrientssuchas
vitaminB6andmagnesium.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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