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Old 04-21-2017, 01:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Does anyone know of KRU's cold tolerance ? Is it somewhat plantain like in texture ? Flavor ? It looks like it might be super delicious. somewhat worried about the texture/taste being too starchy ?
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Old 04-21-2017, 01:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: KRU source/info ?

See my previous taste report here
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addresses the flavor nicely, thank you for sharing that. Any idea about it's cold tolerance ?
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Default Re: KRU source/info ?

Growers have reported Kru sulks when exposed to temperatures 40F or below, so if that is true, this cultivar isn't very cold tolerant.

from ventura bananas:

"Knowing the genetic makeup (ancestry) of a cultivar can usually give you a pretty good idea of how tolerant of cold it is likely to be, but there are exceptions.

Almost all edible varieties,[edited] are derived from Musa acuminata ("A" genome) or Musa balbisiana ("B" genome). Because M. acuminata is strictly a tropical species (i.e., its ancestral range), whereas M. balbisiana's natural range is tropical and subtropic, cultivars that are entirely derived from M. acuminata are generally less tolerant of cool or dry conditions than those that have some M. balbisiana genes.

For example, Pisang Awak cultivars (e.g., Dwarf Namwah, "American Misi Luki") and Bluggoe cultivars (e.g., Orinoco, Dwarf Orinoco) have ABB genomes and they are among the most cool tolerant; whereas Cavendish and Reds, which both have AAA genomes are among the least tolerant of cool climates.

Of course there exceptions to this general rule, and the AAB group has good examples of that. For example, Pome subgroup cultivars (e.g., Brazilian, Dwarf Brazilian, Rajapuri) and Mysore cultivars (Mysore, Pisang Ceylan/Klotek) are pretty tolerant of cool conditions, whereas plantains and some other AAB cultivars are not."
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Very Cold sensitive. Haven't had one survive to fruit in last 5-6 years.
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Default Re: KRU source/info ?

Kru is not an easy plant to grow under the best of conditions, definitely very cold sensitive.

There are multiple threads that discuss Kru, following is one:
Looking for the Kru
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