Hello, your banana was grown on the Perla 1 farm in Costa Rica.

Find out more about banana production.


Perla 1

Learn fascinating facts about the country, the people, the climate and the region where our farms are located.

Dole certifications

Dole’s certifications reflect our commitment to protect both people and the planet. They apply to all social and environmental issues from cultivation to transportation. The many measures Dole is involved in benefit local communities.

GlobalGAP sets voluntary standards in agricultural production around the world. It was set up to reassure consumers about how food is produced on the farm by minimising detrimental environmental impacts of farming operations, reducing the use of chemical inputs and ensuring a responsible approach to worker health and safety.

The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behaviour. Certification is based on three criteria: environmental protection, social justice and the capacity for economic development.

Costa Rica

This small country in Central America is home to over 100 volcanoes – five of which are still active. Thanks to the very fertile soil, 10 000 different plant species can be found here. Costa Rica is famous for its high-quality coffee, sweet pineapples and of course, its delicious bananas.

How do we recycle?

Dole uses plastic covers to protect the growing fruit. All plastic waste is collected, sorted and reused or compressed into bales and recycled. Watch the video to find out how.


Quality fruit needs space. The plantation covers more than 1.8 square kilometres or 248 football fields.

91 people work at this plantation.

Farm Tour


The humid, tropical climate is perfect for growing bananas. There is frequent rainfall and the temperature is always warm. The average temperature in summer (December to April) is 27°C. Even during the rainy season from May to November, the temperature rarely falls below 17°C.

  • Local Time: 13:00 (GMT -06:00)
  • broken clouds
  • Humidity 62%

degrees celsius


Costa Rica’s Atlantic coast is home to a thriving, colourful community. Most of the indigenous Caribbean population lives here.


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