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Old 10-02-2017, 11:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I live in zone 10a and have several ice cream bananas that are providing us with excellent tasting fruit.I have space for another two types.What would you reccommend.I would like the other two to be a completly different flavor but still excellent quality.Thank you in advance.
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Old 10-02-2017, 01:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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If you can find one, get Paggi... great banana. It's difficult to describe, tart n sweet... Berry-ish flavor. Have you ever tried an apple banana (Manzano)? Many stores in Florida sell them. They are very different. So are Brazilians. There are a few ideas. Hope it helps.
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Varieties I supposedly bought: Manzano, Cavendish, Blue Java, Sweetheart, and Gros Michel.
What it seems I actually have: Brazilian, Cavendish, Namwah, Dwarf Red, Gros Michel, Pisang Ceylon, Veinte Cohol and SH 3640, and American Goldfinger. FHIA 1, Paggi and FHIA 17... Always room for one more.
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I live in zone 10a and have several ice cream bananas that are providing us with excellent tasting fruit.
If the skins aren't blue then you're growing Namwa -- commonly mislabeled as ice cream.
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SH 3640, Sucrier, and Gran Nain
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If the skins aren't blue then you're growing Namwa -- commonly mislabeled as ice cream.
Namwah can have bluish skin as well.
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Namwah can have bluish skin as well.
Bluish, yes, but the real Ice Cream bananas are BLUE, not bluish... Very distinctive coloring.
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Yes namwah can be just a bluish as Blue Java. Blue Java is not always super blue. It depends on growing conditions. I was trying to find the post where a ladies Namwah was identified by the experts on here as Blue Java in Tampa. Was not until she showed the flesh that nobody knew the difference.
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I would say get a Mysore type. Excellent banana taste and will grow great in your area! If you like the sweet namwa you have, you may like a Musa Nino. For an excellent tasting fruity flavor banana get a Musa Iholena. Like the dwarf white, red, or Musa Tigua. Excellent banana! I hope mine make it for winter this year! Tigua is an amazing grower for me!
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Thanks so much for everyones help in picking another couple of varieties. Ive uploaded some more photographs of those ice cream /namwa bananas or whatever they are in my gallery if anyone wants to take a look.
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You have the real blue java! Very nice! Do you know where you acquired the plant from? Very nice bunches also. Very large for blue java!

About how long do they take to fill/ripen for you? 4 months or so?
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Richard, i am blown away by your knowledge about bananas. You know a lot.
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