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Old 08-27-2009, 12:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First harvest

Not sure how they'll taste and if they'll ripen well.
But after 3 years of growing this is the first plant I could actually harvest from.

Its about 100 banana's.

Its supposed to be a praying hands, but for whatever reason I didn't get the nice uniform praying hand appearence.

Either way

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Old 08-27-2009, 12:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow nice bunch of bananas. the bunch dont look like what i see in the pictures of praying hands.
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Wow nice bunch of bananas. the bunch dont look like what i see in the pictures of praying hands.

I'd have to attribute that to user error
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Old 08-27-2009, 12:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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nooooo, me.
Apparently I grow 'em goofy

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My first thought is saba which is common in the Philippines.
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Whats odd is the tiny hand at the top of the bunch, usually mine grow at the bottom of the bunch.
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or this



musa saba
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Old 08-27-2009, 12:55 PM   #9 (permalink)
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wellll, I may have to defer this to rmplmnz, he gave me the plant


Chris??????? Ees there sumthin' u need to tell me about my prayin hands
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'Praying Hands' is basically just a fused-finger variety of 'Saba', every once in a while a normal 'Saba'-looking bunch is produced, but that does not mean it is not true to type. Perhaps next time the fingers will be fused. You will enjoy them either way!
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Whats odd is the tiny hand at the top of the bunch, usually mine grow at the bottom of the bunch.
I have had those show up top, middle, and bottom of bunches. The last Hawaiian Apples I harvested that made it through the entire last winter had one whole side from top to bottom like those. It comprised about 1/3 of the bunch. I wonder if pup removal/root disturbance had any play in that? On the unknown (Becky) that is now fruiting, I removed a pup before it fruited disturbing the roots on one side of the plant. The next day a leaf turned yellow but it wasn't a lower leaf, it was about midway up the healthy leaves. Very weird.

Nice bunch of fruits!!

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Nice! It does look more like the normal 'Saba'. Gabe confirmed what I was going to mention, which is that I thought 'Praying Hands' was similar to 'Saba'. I need to get a 'Praying Hands' sometime.
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'Praying Hands' is basically just a fused-finger variety of 'Saba', every once in a while a normal 'Saba'-looking bunch is produced, but that does not mean it is not true to type. Perhaps next time the fingers will be fused. You will enjoy them either way!
Ok Chris your off the hook lol
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Great job with the fruit! Hope they are tasty! I agree, they don't look much like the praying hands fruit I've seen, but I'm sure they will be tasty!
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Congrats on the first harvest
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Very cool! Congrats on your first harvest! That one yellow one looks so cool in all the green. How fun! Enjoy!
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:24 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Saba and Praying Hands are nearly identical in my opinion. The PH will sometimes make a bunch which does not have the bananas fused together, and you will swear that it is Saba. Been there, done that - YES, these are PH.

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So Praying hands are not desert banana? You need to cook them?
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So Praying hands are not desert banana? You need to cook them?
Benny,
Except for the fused hands of the Praying Hands, the fruits are virtually the same as Saba. More universally called "Inabaniko" (for fan shaped), commonly called "Sabang-Dikit" in the Tagalog regions, especailly the Manila area. If you were to look at Pitangadiego's photo, without his comment, you would probably say that it was a Saba.

Our last home in the Philippines at Fort McKinley had two mats of this. It's a pain to peel when green or semi-ripe because the peel sticks to the pulp. However if a recipe calls for cooking before mixing with other ingredients, we boil them first, and then they are easier to peel. If you are served this in the form of "Saging sa Arnibal" or "Matamis na Saging", or "Turon", you couldn't tell it apart from Saba.
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I learned something everyday. I may have seen them both in the market and I always thought that they were saba. I don't recall seeing any praying hands in my lifetime. But what do I know?

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So in all probability there is a praying hands in the bunch?

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