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Old 10-07-2018, 04:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Weird spots on flesh of my first harvested sweetheart banana

I proudly harvested my first FHIA3 Sweetheart banana and the flesh had these red spots not just on the surface of the flesh. Any idea what it is?
When do you recommend harvesting the fruit? This one just turned all yellow. Tried a bite and not mush taste in my view. Should I harvest earlier or later?
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Old 10-07-2018, 05:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: Weird spots on flesh of my first harvested sweetheart banana

Pretty sure FHIA 3 is a cooking type. I found my ripes soft mushy and little taste. They also seemed soft in the green stage
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Default Re: Weird spots on flesh of my first harvested sweetheart banana

Hi

No it is a dessert banana I am sure of that.
Any idea what the brown stuff could be?

I have seen some people claim it tastes great and sweet similar to Nam Wah. I still love the plant though for its great leaves. Even my wife commented on this plant being Tyne best looking banana we habe. Large leaves that seldom shred!
Oh well it took me four years before one flowered early enough to produce fruit so I guess I will just grow it for looks in the future.

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Default Re: Weird spots on flesh of my first harvested sweetheart banana

There is no real biological difference between cooking or dessert bananas, those designations are culinary ones based on cultural preferences, but the plants themselves don't really care what we do with them.

Those hard spots are sometimes caused by cool weather during fruit formation, did you have any of that in the last few months? Are the spots hard or just discolored?
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Quote from promusa
"FHIA-03' was released by FHIA in 1987 and is a dwarf cooking banana, bred from parents in the Bluggoe sub-group[1]."
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The wiki said desser, but doesn’t really matter. I was hoping it would taste good.
When should I harvest it? Early or wait for completely yellow?

Also the brown spot doesn’t seem hard just soft brown discoloration going into the fruit so not just on the surface but going into the flesh. It also can get bigger going into the flesh so doesn’t make the banana look very appealing... it is very different from the normal brown discoloration a banana has that got bumped. Almost look like powder when cutting through the banana. Weird I have been growing bananas for 8 years and never seem this before.

I live in Dallas and the lowest temp we have got so far is 64 so it can’t be cold related...
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Default Re: Weird spots on flesh of my first harvested sweetheart banana

The commercial banana plantations spray their banana bunches with a copper sulfate mix ( Bordeaux mix) to prevent several types of fungus infections while the fingers are maturing. This includes the types that start as spots. ... Also, after harvest the bunches are rinsed/washed in the bleach water to prevent any developing infections and lengthen shelf life of the banana. This is how the plantations keep the banana skin clear and un-stained.



I do spray my bunches with the copper mix after the male bud develops before any infections starts and spray the hanging bunches after harvest with bleach water to drip dry. ... The spots can not be removed if already started, but the infection can be stopped before getting to the fruit if treated quickly.
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Default Re: Weird spots on flesh of my first harvested sweetheart banana

I have a FHIA 3 bunch I've been harvesting off of the past couple weeks and have the same issue with spotty discolored flesh. It seems to be limited to this variety in my yard though.
I don't know if its a fungus or insect damage, but I'll look out for the cause next year.

As for the taste; these bananas are much better for cooking than eating fresh. They don't look like "cooking"/plantain bananas but they taste much better fried with salt than eaten ripe, with not much sweetness, and sometimes a little starch hint.
They get some good size bunches though, that's for sure. And they are pretty tough. They are very good dealing with drier sandy soil in my yard.
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