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Old 12-05-2017, 09:30 PM   #21 (permalink)
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They look good on the counter there
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Okay, this won't be in depth because I forgot the details (it's been a while), but here's the big picture: my family and I ate every last one, and even the tiny ones were outstanding! My wife said she likes this banana better than the American Goldfinger (FHIA-1), which is pretty crazy. In my opinion, the flavor of the Rajapuri I sampled isn't as rich and complex as American Goldfinger FHIA-1, but the slightly dense texture, sweetness, and slight acidity makes it high quality.

There's mixed reports on the quality of rajapuri fruit, and if you eat it right when it turns solid yellow, it's about as good as a poorly grown commercial variety. Give it a few days after the fingers have turned solid yellow and that's when the flavor is on hit! Every variety has a peak ripeness, so it's important to figure out when that is for best results.

Downsides of Rajapuri:
1) the reports of this variety choking is true, I had one that choked recently.
2)In Northern California, fruit that form late in the season (past October 15) will likely rot under normal winter conditions.
3) Grows VERY slow compared to other cultivars, didn't get the first fruit until approx. 3 years from planting.
4) Easy to over-water and over-fertilize due to slower growth.
5) PITA when it comes to managing pups, seems like when you cut them down, 10 more show up!
6) Yields seem smaller than other varieties, but we'll see, I still need more experience with this variety.

Upsides to Rajapuri:
1) In Northern California, early spring blooms can produce mature bananas! In contrast, american goldfinger FHIA-1 under the same exact conditions and timing, had all the fingers rot away.
2) relatively higher cold tolerance. this may be due to the fact that it's slower growing?
3) It's a true dwarf. Expect 6-8 feet tall.
4) When many other varieties have their leaves turn brown due to prolonged cold, near freezing temps, many leaves of rajapuri remain green.
5) When grown slow and steady with lots of organic matter, fruit quality is excellent.
6) post harvest, the bunch ripened in goups, so it extended the shelf-life to about 2.5 weeks. Even if they get a little over-ripe, they still taste great!
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Awesome taste report on the Rajapuri!....
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Originally Posted by meizzwang View Post

4) Easy to over-water and over-fertilize due to slower growth.
I've noticed mine are susceptible to over-fertilization too. My namwa plants take about everything I throw on them without a problem but raja puri develops the bends and umbrella hook on new leaves if over fertilized.
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The biggest upside of Rajapuri is that it is the shortest really good tasting banana, if you have taste buds like mine and like that "Hawaiian apple" (Pome) flavor. Grown well, under good conditions, it is virtually indistinguishable in flavor, texture, etc., from Dwarf Brazilian, Brazilian, and other Pome bananas.

The downside is mentioned above: it seems fairly finicky compared to it's Pome subgroup relatives, being sensitive to poor conditions and really prone to micronutrient deficiencies when pushed with fertilizer and slow to fruit and mature fruit.
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Old 01-16-2018, 05:33 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I agree with the taste reports. I like the taste! It’s like you take a Brazilian and add a little extra sweetness and tropical flavor. I can easily taste why people say they taste like pineapples! If you like Brazilian you will love them!

I had 4 this year go from pup to flower in 7 months! Very fast! Filling is another issue! Even with pruning they still fill very slow! Just like my other pome types! I would think in zones 7-9 it could be planted early summer and protected (in ground) with say clear plastic and a 60w bulb. If the pstem makes it through winter you would get a bloom perfectly timed! And it’s best feature is how short it is! So easy to cover or deal with overall!

One thing i notice is they have lots of small fingers. Pruning is a must on Raja Puri. Unless you like tiny pencil sized nanners. Overall i really love this variety in my area!
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