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Old 05-14-2009, 01:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Please do not contact me about acquiring any of these plants.

This stand is along the Kalawahine trail on Tantalus in Honolulu. The trail can be accessed from the Makiki Nature Center. I'm pretty sure the variety is 'Aiuri', I'm not 100% sure but know some people who are and will try to get a confirmation later on. Not much in the way of fruit on this trip, but got some suckers to try out at the farm.











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Old 05-14-2009, 06:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks for sharing the pics, Gabe. I really like the upright, slender leaves.
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Old 05-14-2009, 07:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks Gabe I'm just fascinated by Fi Bananas that red sap is just cool and there over all heat tolerance makes them and ideal experiment with my desert growing project by the way when i publish my findings i think you are going to be surprised at the variates that are doing not just OK but thriving in the high heat and low humidity hear in Vegas thank you for taking the time to get those pictures all that hiking must be pretty hard heheheh Keep up the important work you are doing
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Thank you for sharing Gabe, it is greatly appreciated!!
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Cool!!

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Thanks, Gabe.

Mitchel, put me on your list for pups in 2 years, please!
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Awesome Gabe!!
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Awesome find Gabe
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Old 08-02-2009, 12:12 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Never seen a banana that "bleeds".

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A Banana that brings a smile to my face by just the mention of it's name! Thanks again for sharing Gabe!!!
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Thanks for sharing the pics, Gabe. I really like the upright, slender leaves.
You should grow Pisang Jari Buaya...the fruit is entirely different..but it does have the slender upright leaves...
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You should grow Pisang Jari Buaya...the fruit is entirely different..but it does have the slender upright leaves...
Do you have pics?
Wait, Gabe's growin it too, I think. Do either of you have pics of the leaves?
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Fei is an amazing plant. Check out Andrew Zimmern from Bizarre Foods in Samoa.

The five minute mark he is in a market in Samoa holding a hand of Fei


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Thanks, Chris! I must say, the rest of the family didn't enjoy that vid as much as I did, though my son Michael did laugh at the snot comment.
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More fei in French Polynesia on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. He didn't sample any but I noticed them sitting there as he walked by.

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Where can you buy fei corms? Anyone?
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:53 AM   #17 (permalink)
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More fei in French Polynesia on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. He didn't sample any but I noticed them sitting there as he walked by.

Too funny..same price (500 CFP) as when were in French Polynesia (Tahiti & Moorea).

Municipal Market Papeete Tahiti
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Where can you buy fei corms? Anyone?
Not easy..these two quotes say it all:

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fe'i bananas are a group of cooking bananas belonging to the subgenera Australimusa (as opposed to Eumusa as is the case with other edible bananas) and evolved completely separate from the bananas we are most familiar with. They were once an important food, but have been replaced by other crops and are harder to come by these days, the plants are virtually unknown in the horticulture trade and rare to see even in botanic gardens. They generally have erect bunches and fruits with a bright orange pulp.
fe'i bananas in Manoa Valley

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Fei are a type of banana that grow in and around Polynesia the are well adapted to that climate able to withstand the severe heat and long dry spells that some times plague many inlands when you cut them they bleed red sap its vary pretty but staining the fruit is Orange in color just about all us want a plant i think they would do well here in NV but there vary hard to come by no on seems to be abal to get them

heres a link to a nice discution on fei
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Last person I know of that grew them in the continental US was Bill Lessard (former owner of Going Bananas Homestead, FL and author of "The Complete Book of Bananas")....
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A few more videos.
Boiling and mashing Fei.
Moorea, French Polynesia
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Where we stayed..
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Ripe Fei


This one is not quite as ripe





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Tahitian Tattoo Artist on Moorea, French Polynesia

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The rest of the videos.....







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