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Old 09-07-2006, 11:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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If someone has a limited amount of space to work with, and is not in a cold-prone area, what would you recommend that they grow, so they don't need to buy them all to find the one they like?

What are your opinions on the best tasting (yield not being much of a concern, just enough for one household) (non-cooking) bananas?
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Old 09-07-2006, 12:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It depends on what flavor you like. All sweet no acid, sweet with slight acid, sweet and very acid. Then you have to think about texture and moisture content. Smell plays a part of how we taste as well and reds have a very nice lightly sweet perfume type of a fragrance.

I prefer acidic flavor with a moisture content slightly higher then store bought fruit, but no slimy or cake texture. Seeds also suck!
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The Philippine Lakatan!!!
Followed up by the fast fruiting Philippine Senorita.

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IMHO, Psang Raja...it has a pineapple after taste.
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Best tasting... the ones that come with lime juice and rum in a stem glass.
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Lakatan, Misi Luki, any Namwah, Sweetheart, Goldfinger, Mysore, Pisang Raja, Belle, Monthan, Kanderian.
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Mysore is one of my favorites Ive tried.
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Can't argue with Carolina!!!
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The best tasting banana for me is Musa 'Dwarf Cavendish' from Tenerife! I often ate Canary bananas on Tenerife, they are tasting much better than the supermarket bananas in Germany, very sweet and aromatic. Also there is a very good banana liquor on the Canary Islands. I love the Canary banana very much, I was infected through the Canary banana by the banana virus, I fell in love with the bananas.

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The BEST so far in taste has been Dwarf Namwah,I had the opportunity to try a couple earlier this year .It has a SWEET taste and firm texture.
I was NOT pleased with the Ele Ele banana taste at all,it is a beautiful plant though.Also tried a Lacatan banana a month ago and it was pretty good!,FAR better the a regular chiquita banana type.A tangy flavor,like starburst or something.
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I was NOT pleased with the Ele Ele banana taste at all,it is a beautiful plant though.
'ele 'ele is a cooking banana, so if you tried to eat it raw I can see how it could have been thought of as sub-par. I made tostones with some fresh popo'ulu that were excellent.
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'ele 'ele is a cooking banana, so if you tried to eat it raw I can see how it could have been thought of as sub-par. I made tostones with some fresh popo'ulu that were excellent.
Gabe15,you are on cue!.I was told it was a good dessert variety,NOPE!!!!.
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Not that I've tasted any yet, must get some sent from Jarred when I have some spare cash.
Anyway , where does one source these Musa ?
Lakatan, Pisang Raja, Belle, Monthan, Kanderian
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Not that I've tasted any yet, must get some sent from Jarred when I have some spare cash.
Anyway , where does one source these Musa ?
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I just saw this post. Anyway, if you haven't found any source yet, Going Bananas have them except for the Belle. That may be called differently. Though they have 2 Lakatans (the other one spelled with a "C" instead of a "K"), I believe they are the same. The Spaniards brought them from the Philippines to Mexico, and thence spread to the Atlantic islands.

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Best tasting... the ones that come with lime juice and rum in a stem glass.
I just saw this one also, and may I ask what is the more popular it called? And how do you 'cultivate' it? I mean mixed it?
It got me serious. Shows I am dumb when it comes to planting, I mean drinking.
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Combine all ingredients (except for the cherry) with 1 cup crushed ice in an electric blender. Blend at a low speed for five seconds, then blend at a high speed until firm. Pour contents into a champagne flute, top with the cherry, and serve.

I'm not sure as I'm a Beer drinker, but that sounds like a Banana Daiquiri to me
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mysore. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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Buzzwinder, I made a new thread for that post, figured it deserved one of its own in the banana recipes section:
banana, lime juice, and rum in a stem glass

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What type of banana tastes similar to (or better than) the grocery store bananas (Williams, I believe) that is the most cold hardy and easy to grow for northern gardeners?
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