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Old 05-21-2021, 10:45 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: Ripen bananas on the tree or cut once start turning yellow?

Originally Posted by Mikemooreflorida View Post
what varieties do you grow and include in this statement?
what do you consider sun scorched? never had anything here in florida that has damage from the sun.
I had one bunch of Orinoco that were a bit "sun scorched" or at least they had that unappealing "weathered" look on the outside. I didn't notice anything about the flavor. The plant in question fruited with about three leaves after winter so not much protection for the bunch as they ripened.

As far as harvesting as the bananas turn yellow--I think that's possible with dwarfs but I'm not humping up the ladder every two days to pick a few fingers from a 14' Namwa pstem. Haha.

There are exceptions primarirly due to some fruit being susceptible to splitting that leads to early harvesting but my experience has been to leave the fruits up until a couple begin to turn yellow so they are at maximimum size. One month plus or minus can make a huge difference in the harvest size. Flavor changes (sweetness) as they move from yellow/green to yellow to brown and the peel gets thinner.
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