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Old 07-08-2013, 07:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I was just curious, does anyone know what variety has fruity, classic "banana" flavor? I've heard the Gros Michel was one of the best examples of this, but I wasn't sure if that was really the case or not. Are there any kind that any would recommend? Thanks!
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Dole and Chiquita bananas that taste like bananas not like apples ,strawberries,cantaloupe or peaches and cream with a hint of blueberry .
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I'd say yes, Gros Michel. I've started eating my ripening bunch this week. From the scent alone upon peeling I thought that they really even smell like what you think of as banana smell and the taste was more like fake banana flavoring. For example, I recently bought some banana scented soap, and eating a GM today I thought it smelled a lot like the soap. I'm not planning on tasting the soap, however.
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Dole and Chiquita bananas that taste like bananas not like apples ,strawberries,cantaloupe or peaches and cream with a hint of blueberry .
These Dole and Chiquita bananas that taste like bananas, are they rubbery, corky, or spongy and will they grow in the tropics?

Is this the correct Dole, ABB?

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Not rubbery,corky or spongy yes they can be grown in the tropics
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never having eaten gros michel, I can't speak to it's flavor. But, cavendish bananas taste like a banana. Their flavor matches the flavor used in many banana flavored items. Fhia 17 is much the same.
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never having eaten gros michel, I can't speak to it's flavor. But, cavendish bananas taste like a banana. Their flavor matches the flavor used in many banana flavored items. Fhia 17 is much the same.
Thanks Nicolas I appreciate it! How did you like the FHIA-17? Would you say it's worth growing?
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Thanks Nicolas I appreciate it! How did you like the FHIA-17? Would you say it's worth growing?

It is a slow-grower and not tolerant of cold at all. After the freeze of Dec. 2010 I lost 100 of them and the ones that didn't get killed outright took a long time to send up new shoots. The fruit tastes like banana. I wouldn't grow it anywhere where freezes and frosts occur because you will not likely see fruit.
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