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Old 09-03-2020, 07:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Musa Velutina "harvest time"

Hi All

Just wanted to share that my velutina plant flowered 2 and a half months ago and the fruits are starting to ripen. It's not much but 9 fingers are maturing in zone 6 (PA). The fruit is loaded with seeds - my first time getting to see fruit like that.

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Old 09-03-2020, 07:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks great! Taste test?


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It smells and and looks like a tiny banana. The peel starts to split by itself over a few days. The fruit is so full of seeds that you don't have much material for tasting. So far one finger ripened and perhaps I picked it early.

So I don't have a good taste report yet and I still have 8 more fingers to try when they ripen....

I will post a putupi update in a few days. The plant looks like a spartan but I didn't take a picture yet.


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Alright! Congratulations on your Velutina. Very pretty plant.
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Congratulations....
Mine got crushed with the triple spring freeze...here in the Ohio valley.
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Mike, sorry to hear that!

Just a follow up on the fruit 'taste report'. There is practically nothing to eat here and little to taste. From the pictures below, it might seem like you can 'work around' the seeds but that wasn't the case for me. Most of the fruit sticks to the seeds and the seeds are extremely hard. I tried them and was careful not to break a tooth! I did get a familiar banana taste and I was able to eat about a Jelly Bean size of fruit from each tiny banana. It certainly was a novelty to finally get to see a banana with seeds inside, so I'm glad I had the chance. I won't be tasting again unless they are seedless or mostly seedless (haha).

Just a thought, perhaps the fruit is a little bigger in the tropics so maybe they can get to eat more but it seems like there would be much better varieties.

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Mike, sorry to hear that!

Just a follow up on the fruit 'taste report'. There is practically nothing to eat here and little to taste. From the pictures below, it might seem like you can 'work around' the seeds but that wasn't the case for me. Most of the fruit sticks to the seeds and the seeds are extremely hard. I tried them and was careful not to break a tooth! I did get a familiar banana taste and I was able to eat about a Jelly Bean size of fruit from each tiny banana. It certainly was a novelty to finally get to see a banana with seeds inside, so I'm glad I had the chance. I won't be tasting again unless they are seedless or mostly seedless (haha).

Just a thought, perhaps the fruit is a little bigger in the tropics so maybe they can get to eat more but it seems like there would be much better varieties.

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Run those little nanners through a food mill and make pudding!
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Mike, sorry to hear that!

Just a follow up on the fruit 'taste report'. There is practically nothing to eat here and little to taste. From the pictures below, it might seem like you can 'work around' the seeds but that wasn't the case for me. Most of the fruit sticks to the seeds and the seeds are extremely hard. I tried them and was careful not to break a tooth! I did get a familiar banana taste and I was able to eat about a Jelly Bean size of fruit from each tiny banana. It certainly was a novelty to finally get to see a banana with seeds inside, so I'm glad I had the chance. I won't be tasting again unless they are seedless or mostly seedless (haha).

Just a thought, perhaps the fruit is a little bigger in the tropics so maybe they can get to eat more but it seems like there would be much better varieties.

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Those are awesome....and the fruit so white.
Are you going to germinate a few in your grow room.?
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I did keep seeds from one fruit and will try and to grow them. There was 70 seeds inside just one fruit!


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