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TangTonic 06-01-2017 02:05 PM

Hello from St. croix!
Hi everyone,

What a great forum this is here. I had two kinds of banana species I was unable to identify. I posted over on another and someone kindly pointed me in the right direction.

One type he has identified as apple banana. This threw me off because I used to live on Kauai and the Hawaiian Apple Bananas look completely different. But then I learned on this forum that the Hawaiian apple banana is actually a Brazilian banana.

The other type I was unable to identify is Saba. I didn't plant this one, it was already on the property I live on.

I'll post some pics on my gallery and would be grateful if someone can confirm that those are the two varieties I have.

I've been living on St. Croix for seven years now and have purchased a one acre property that my wife and I have been planting up with all kinds of fruit trees and bananas. I'll post a few pics of our property as well. Check my gallery for the pictures.

Anyways, just wanted to say hi and glad to be part of the community here.

Gabe15 06-01-2017 08:10 PM

Re: Hello from St. croix!
Hello and welcome.

The 'Saba' appears to be correctly identified, but the "Apple" is incorrect, it is a 'Pisang Awak', also commonly known as 'Namwah'.

"Apple" refers to a number of different cultivars depending where in the world you are, but the type common in Hawaii in the banana scientific community is known as a Pome.

TangTonic 06-01-2017 09:49 PM

Re: Hello from St. croix!
Thanks so much Gabe! Yes, its quite clear now its the Namwah.

I have so much to learn still about bananas. The Caribbean "fig" bananas are popular here. I am trying to grow my little collection with varieties not found here. I have an Ice Cream, a Manzano which is another one called Apple in places I guess, and the Saba. An unknown type of plantain and an African Rhino.

Any recommendations of other types to procure?

crazy banana 06-01-2017 10:45 PM

Re: Hello from St. croix!
Welcome to
You probably have the ideal climate for growing bananas and other tropical fruits. The sky is the limit. I would always recommend a Mysore variety like the Pisang Ceylon.

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