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Old 07-19-2013, 06:30 PM   #21 (permalink)
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If Plantains taste like Plantains,

And Orinocos are Plantains,

Why do Orinocos taste like Bananas?
Several sources say the Orinoco is a cooking banana. A member of my rare fruit tree club brought in a whole bunch for the auction table last nite and a plate of ripe ones sliced up. I don't like this one out of hand. Better cooked - fried.
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Several sources say the Orinoco is a cooking banana. A member of my rare fruit tree club brought in a whole bunch for the auction table last nite and a plate of ripe ones sliced up. I don't like this one out of hand. Better cooked - fried.
Hi Dan,

If the banana did not look way past ready to throw away it was not ripe ENOUGH. Everyones taste is different but I think that if you had one that I picked for your tasting you would find it has a slight berry taste and a subtle lemon finish.

Having said that I understand that in your climate you can fruit many fantastic bananas and that have wonderful flavor profiles and don't have to look ugly to be good.

BUT for those of us that have a less favorable climate the Orinoco is something to look forward too.

I will be sampling the Tall Namwah this year and maybe I might have another banana to enjoy! My Goldfinger has just pushed a new bloom but it will not be ripe before cold weather gets here. This year I will cut the bunch and let it ripen inside.
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Hey Charles, It's that lemony finish that finishes me. The Dwarf Orinoco was my first banana. Got it from Banana Tree cause they said it can grow a bunch in a short season if you plant a big pup in spring. Started the first one 30 years ago in NJ. Fruited once - small bunch. Took pups to NC in '92 and got a good bunch once. Took it to FL in '04 and got a big bunch that had that lemon flavor.

Then I went down to Going Bananas in Homestead and got 9 different cultivars. Never went back. As far as cold hardy and fast bunch and good flavor the Dwarf Brazilian and Raja Puri are tops. Am loaded with extra pups right now if anybody is interested.

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Hi Dan,

If the banana did not look way past ready to throw away it was not ripe ENOUGH. Everyones taste is different but I think that if you had one that I picked for your tasting you would find it has a slight berry taste and a subtle lemon finish.

Having said that I understand that in your climate you can fruit many fantastic bananas and that have wonderful flavor profiles and don't have to look ugly to be good.

BUT for those of us that have a less favorable climate the Orinoco is something to look forward too.

I will be sampling the Tall Namwah this year and maybe I might have another banana to enjoy! My Goldfinger has just pushed a new bloom but it will not be ripe before cold weather gets here. This year I will cut the bunch and let it ripen inside.

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Dam good!
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Well at least someone else can taste the Lemon finish other than me. My wife said I was crazy!
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I think they are awesome cooked ripe. The flavor uncooked and super ripe is good, but I just can't handle the mushy texture.
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Mine are smooth and moist not mushy but I can only speak for the Orinoco not plantains. I will say that when I eat mine they are messier and you will have some residual moisture and banana flesh on your fingers. SO I guess they are like fried chicken. They're finger licking good.
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Mine are smooth and moist not mushy but I can only speak for the Orinoco not plantains. I will say that when I eat mine they are messier and you will have some residual moisture and banana flesh on your fingers. SO I guess they are like fried chicken. They're finger licking good.
I told you they taste like chicken.
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Mine are smooth and moist not mushy but I can only speak for the Orinoco not plantains. I will say that when I eat mine they are messier and you will have some residual moisture and banana flesh on your fingers.
I guess we just use different terms. I'd call a banana that leaves banana flesh on my hands "mushy". As in this photo. I think Gabe described them as spongy.

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I have eaten some like that but others are firmer less wet. Mine are only that way on the outside layer. Once you bite into it it is firmer. It's all good though. I can appreciate your not really warming up to them like that. I think there is a short period of time and maybe weather plays a part in the texture between how that outside layer is.

I have to love them THREE more P-stems are pushing blooms today. I think that brings the total to eight Orinoco that will have fruit!
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They do taste good -- and I'm glad you don't have a problem with the texture of them. I think that like Cavendish, Orinoco probably gets undeservedly bashed.
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