Banana experts ( "Hi, I'm a banana expert!" ) predicted that bananas were going to take years to recover from Cyclone Larry, which completely destroyed 90% of the Australian banana crop. Years? No: they're creeping back into stores just five months after the late-March cyclone, despite the facts that the banana plant has a nine to twelve month life cycle and imports from overseas are banned in Australia. I suspect someone is manufacturing them in a factory somewhere, maybe from excess grapes and oranges .