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Old 10-07-2009, 08:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got back from PMA fresh summit in Anaheim and some of the mexican producers were offering a Dominico banana for import to the US. It doesn't look like anything any of the big banana producers are using. You can google it for pictures but basically it is a short (3"-4") fat banana. I also met the people from Ohana Banana Farm in Hawaii. Nice Bananas.
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You're referring to Platano Dominico? This is also known as Seda, and is an AAB cultivar of Musa sapentium. However, if you're talking about a variety with an extreme short finger, it's more likely to be a Sucrier group banana like Ouros or Oritos. There are pics of those in my galleries.
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It just doesn't look like a baby banana of the sucrier group,





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They do look just like the variety called 'Oro Chico' here - I believe those are Hawaiian in origin (like Hua Moa, but not Hua Moa.)
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After much hunting through some documents I noticed it was called Datil (AA). I had the luxury at looking at all the big players (Chiquita, Del Monte, Dole, Turbana, and Bonita) banana offerings this weekend and what they were selling as baby bananas were much skinnier than this Dominico from Grupo Quintero in Mexico.
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The photos shown appear to be 2 different cultivars, neither of which are a Pacific Plantain (this is the common name but I really dont like it very much, Maoli/Popoulu is a better name) . 'Datil' is a Sucrier cultivar, so similar to 'Orito' and 'Nino' and the Baby Bananas. However, it can be very difficult to determine the cultivar of things like this with such scant information.
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The photos shown appear to be 2 different cultivars, neither of which are a Pacifc . 'Datil' is a Sucrier cultivar, so similar to 'Orito' and 'Nino' and the Baby Bananas. However, it can be very difficult to determine the cultivar of things like this with such scant information.

Would it help if I found pictures of the bananas on the tree.
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They certainly look to be a Sucrier. As far as I have seen, the different cultivars vary mainly by height of the plant, bunch size and finger size, not in the flavor of the fruit though.
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I don't know maybe the difference between Orito and Dominco is similar to the difference between Dwarf Cavendish and Grande Nain. Same genetics, but different looking fruit.
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That´s what I'd say - certainly the Orito and the Oro Chico (which are both Sucriers) have remarkably similar flavours.
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