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Old 12-04-2012, 09:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Apparently, the red color is from a genetic mutation dealing with anthocyanins, so in theory you could have lots of different red mutant bananas. If you look through the large banana databases, you will see some red plantains. The reds always seem to have low yields though.
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Apparently, the red color is from a genetic mutation dealing with anthocyanins, so in theory you could have lots of different red mutant bananas. If you look through the large banana databases, you will see some red plantains. The reds always seem to have low yields though.
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Flavor wise my Jamaican Reds were basically the same as the reds from the store, just more flavor and fragrance. No acid in either one.
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Flavor wise my Jamaican Reds were basically the same as the reds from the store, just more flavor and fragrance. No acid in either one.
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People pick the reds too soon, and are then disappointed. You need to leave them on the plant until they have turned all the colors of the sunset, and then wait until they start to soften to get the full benefit of their wonderful sweet flavor.
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Speaking on the subject of reds, can anyone answer me this? - All reds I've known of are very cold/frost sensitive, and most the same size and shape of banana, however I came across these which look like normal lady finger type bananas, and are said to be ABB (which would make me assume they're pretty tough with cold temps) But. . . They mature a red color. Anyone know anything about this variety?

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I've never heard of it, but it sounds and looks like it's a Namwah type, so I'd assume it would be pretty cold hardy.
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I figured, and I'd never heard of it outside this seller either, but, it just strikes my curiosity that it's red. And not a normal red either, but kind of like the Kru who starts green then matures reddish. Another photo outside that page shows light grayish green ones spattered with red like they were rusted.
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Nick - interesting as I have never seen red plantains!!

Keith - you and I probably have the added benefit of climate (when it is not raining like it is now!!).
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What is this ?

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Wow!!! looks like a red version of 1000 fingers!
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looks like 1000 Fingers. :^)
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1000 Fingers has hands and there are no hands on this banana.
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It doesn't look like a banana. Cool looking whatever it is!
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Cactus ?
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I wouldn't think its an Amorphophallus, but perhaps some other aroid, or perhaps some bromeliad. However I don't know too much about either of those groups as far as wild species goes, so just speculation on my part.
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That definitely does look like a spadix, maybe Jack-in-the-Pulpit or Arisaema consanguineum
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