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Old 10-07-2018, 07:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Kind of interested in what everyone's favorite banana is, either to eat or just the plant. . I have 18 varieties, most of them pretty standard. I have only been diversifying for a little over a year so I have only had a couple of varieties that have fruited. My Blue Java for fruit is a favorite. I like the vanilla overtones. As for look, probably my Maoli. It is a very impressive banana plant. Right now I have 8 plants that are fruiting. Most of them Dwarf Cavendish, but also two Blue Javas. I am pretty sure very soon my Apple banana will fruit and probably my Orinoco, which I have had fruit from before.
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I love Orinoco for tostones. I love Namwa and pisang Raja.
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My Orinocos had fruit last year. They were pretty good. My Pisang Raja is to young, also my Nam Wah is still to young. Looking forward to some from the Gros Michael, and the Mona Lisa. I just picked up a Pisang Ceylon last week.
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My number one is Fe'i by far. But as far as whats more commonly available if have to go with any Popoulu variants.
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My favorite tasting banana is Paggi.. A wonderfully sweet with a light tang banana. Like eating blackberries in a banana, sorta. Second is Gros Michel then a toss up between Brazilian and Mysore..
For growing, Brazilian wins, simply because it's the most indestructible one I have, Just keeps growing no matter what happens, pests, diseases, fungi and hurricanes drought and drownings, it just keeps on growing (and pupping).
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Varieties I supposedly bought: Manzano, Cavendish, Blue Java, Sweetheart, and Gros Michel.
What it seems I actually have: Brazilian, Cavendish, Namwah, Dwarf Red, Gros Michel, Pisang Ceylon, Veinte Cohol and SH 3640, and American Goldfinger. FHIA 1, Paggi and FHIA 17... Always room for one more.
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I don't have near the experience of most of yall, but I will weigh in between our two "apple" cultivars. The tall Brazilian are a little tastier and I have never gotten tired of them. The dwarf Brazilian are fine, very close at first, but after a while not as good. And they are more likely to all go off at the same time. Growing-wise love the dwarf, though.
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Taste wise i have this odd orinoco that makes sweet tasty fruits. I love those things. Unlike any other orinoco. My favorite overall is SH 3640. Tasty fruit on an indestructible plant.
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Although I have only tried some varieties I would have to say to date I really like Gros Michel & dwarf Brazilian

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As famously said by forum member pitangadiego:

The one that is ripe!
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The one that is ripe!
That is so true!

Right now I am eating Dwarf Brazillian and they beat out Tall Namwah from earlier in the season. Sometimes it just depends which one is in the kitchen at the time.
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I saw you live in Washington south of Seattle. How do you keep your bananas alive and fruiting given where you live?
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I like the Dwarf Namwah for my area, seems they are hardy and produce good amounts of fruit and pretty tasty.
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I've had probably 250-300 different kinds of bananas, but I'm kinda awful at coming up with a favorite for eating, though I get asked all the time. I tend to appreciate all of the differences in the plants, with their various uses, and view eating the fruit as just a relatively small portion of the whole experience.

That being said, I really like cultivars in the Mchare subgroup. Particularly one I grow named 'Muraru Mshale', it's a pretty generous sized fruit, with thick creamy pulp, very aromatic, and with a subtle tartness. In opinion it combines the best attributes of Gros Michel and Pome (Brazilian) types in one (of which it is actually an ancestral parent to both).

'Pisang Jari Buaya' has a very unique flavor, somewhat similar to 'Tuu Gia'. I'd describe it as having a candy-like quality, I don't have plants anymore, but would like to get them again as I think the fruit is so unique and more people would enjoy them.

I also really love Iholenas and Maoli/Popo'ulu types when half-ripe and steamed. There are some PNG cultivars which are even better this way, but I don't get to have them very often.

I usually don't have bananas I don't like, but ripe 'Kru' was kinda off-putting to me. It has a strong sour flavor, but not one I would describe as a pleasant tartness. It was better cooked underripe.
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Gabe, your description of Muraru Mshale is exactly how I would describe Hua Moa.

it's a pretty generous sized fruit, with thick creamy pulp, very aromatic, and with a subtle tartness.

Maybe change it to somewhat aromatic...
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Tu'u Gia, Huti (Shumba Nyeelu), Mona Lisa off type, Dwarf Brazilian seem to be my favorite lately.
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Gabe, your description of Muraru Mshale is exactly how I would describe Hua Moa.

it's a pretty generous sized fruit, with thick creamy pulp, very aromatic, and with a subtle tartness.

Maybe change it to somewhat aromatic...
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They couldn't be more different though, despite a similar description.
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Old 10-10-2018, 01:58 AM   #17 (permalink)
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That's funny Rob your top two are basically same as mine apparently!

I haven't had much of the Huti Shumba Nyeelu yet, but the one time I did have a fruit they were pretty much the same as the other Mchares. All of my Mchare are fruiting now, 4 or 5 varieties/accessions, so will be able to compare all soon.
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Yeah, the 3 I've had are similar. The first Muraru Mulalu bunch I had I didn't love, but the 2nd was excellent. Years of growing the Mshale and I've never gotten it to fruit. The Huti grows well too. They've all gotten bunchy top though, but fortunately still have at least 1 of each not infected.
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Sure enough my Apple Banana has produced a flower, or coming out. I will be interested in trying that. I think that my "Costa Rican Sweet" will be flowering soon. That is the name of the plant was told to me by the gentleman I bought it from. I have no idea if he was telling the truth or if he even knew himself. I couldn't find anything regarding a Costa Rican Sweet. The plant is a healthy tall (about 10 feet right now) and has produced 4 pups. Interesting about the Kru. I was all set to get a Red Kru, after reading that it was a good variety. I just picked up a Pisang Ceylon which has now started to get moving after releasing it from a very small pot which was very pot bound. My little engine that could Kandarian is now starting to gain strength. It has been almost a year and still is only 6 inches tall. Growing much better now.
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I usually don't have bananas I don't like, but ripe 'Kru' was kinda off-putting to me. It has a strong sour flavor, but not one I would describe as a pleasant tartness. It was better cooked underripe.

Hi Gabe

That's interesting about Kru. In previous threads on this forum for the people who I remember fruiting Red Kru(Chris Knight & Jarred) they said it was one of the best tasting banana varieties . I wonder if the flavour changes in different conditions.
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