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Old 04-15-2012, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I've been doing some reading about bananas sold commercially and they're all the cavendish variety. What is the difference between a Gran Nain and a DC? Is the DC the same plant, just a smaller one?
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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DC and Gran Nain are both in the Cavendish subgroup. I think DC is a little shorter and the fruit it makes has a thinner peel. They should taste pretty much the same.
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I believe Gran Nain is also a more colorful plant

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I've been doing some reading about bananas sold commercially and they're all the cavendish variety.
That's true about typical supermarket banana fruit sold in the U.S. -- but some supermarkets carry other types imported from Mexico, etc.

For fruiting banana plants, it is not the case -- especially since most home growers consider the Cavendish fruit less than desirable.
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Where I live the most common home grown variety is Orinoco.
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Also I bought some Oritos at a fruit market yesterday. Best bananas I've ever had.
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