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Old 12-24-2006, 01:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Question FHIA bananas

Has anyone on the forum grown any of these FHIA varieties? Do they produce HEAVY bunches of fruit?.I wanted to purchase or obtain a variety(williams,cavendish,FHIA,grand nain,etc...) that would produce the HEAVIEST banana bunch of dessert or cavendish type,which should I go for?Thanks,Greenie
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Old 12-26-2006, 08:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a FHIA-18 and a FHIA-2..both have fruited once and have had bunches in the 30-50 pound range...excellent taste on both!
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Old 12-26-2006, 12:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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None of the FHIA varieties are Cavendish at all, and by no means are all of them dessert varieties, but 'Goldfinger' aka FHIA-1 is a dessert type that can produce massive bunches with proper care, it also probly the easiest to obtain.
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Fhia1 Goldfinger is a good banana. Better than the Cavendishes in my opinion. Fhia3 Sweetheart has a large bunch and bigger bananas, and really rich, sweet flavor. Fhia17 had 19-20 hands, but fruit was smaller, and flavor not as good.
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None of the FHIA varieties are Cavendish at all, and by no means are all of them dessert varieties, but 'Goldfinger' aka FHIA-1 is a dessert type that can produce massive bunches with proper care, it also probly the easiest to obtain.

I tried one obscure experimental desert variety from FHIA and I noted that the fruits were large, produced many hands, but the fruit was lacking flavor and very bland.

Here is a pic of some goldfinger fruit I have grown..

http://www.worldwideplants.com/images/goldfinger.jpg
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I tried one obscure experimental desert variety from FHIA and I noted that the fruits were large, produced many hands, but the fruit was lacking flavor and very bland.

Here is a pic of some goldfinger fruit I have grown..

http://www.worldwideplants.com/images/goldfinger.jpg
wow!,I guess from the opinions on the taste, the FHIA is just ok. I think I better do some more research.
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Anybody have any goldfinger pups they want to sell? I used to have one but it died over the winter from too much moisture. I wouldn't mind replacing it though. Thanks.
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Hey Greenie,
Here is a bunch off of my FHIA-3 (sweetheart) . The flower came out about 3 wks ago. I can't tell you how good they taste, but I've heard good reports.It's darn vigorous though, this was a 1 foot pup planted 06/01/06. Good luck with your search!
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WOW!.... .That is one special bunch.I'm sold!!!!,thanks for sharing
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