Originally Posted by bananimal
Several sources say the Orinoco is a cooking banana. A member of my rare fruit tree club brought in a whole bunch for the auction table last nite and a plate of ripe ones sliced up. I don't like this one out of hand. Better cooked - fried.
If the banana did not look way past ready to throw away it was not ripe ENOUGH. Everyones taste is different but I think that if you had one that I picked for your tasting you would find it has a slight berry taste and a subtle lemon finish.
Having said that I understand that in your climate you can fruit many fantastic bananas and that have wonderful flavor profiles and don't have to look ugly to be good.
BUT for those of us that have a less favorable climate the Orinoco is something to look forward too.
I will be sampling the Tall Namwah this year and maybe I might have another banana to enjoy! My Goldfinger has just pushed a new bloom but it will not be ripe before cold weather gets here. This year I will cut the bunch and let it ripen inside.