Musa California Gold

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Cultivar Name

Musa Dwarf Orinoco

Musa 'California Gold'



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One of the most cold hardy edible bananas. This banana was first obtained by Jeff Earl from Texas during the 1990's. This banana's close relatives have been grown all over in Central Mexico and the cold-hardy ones in Texas, and was called 'Hardy Mexican Apple Banana', although it is not related to the banana Manzano or banana Apple-cultivar. California gold is more related to 'Dwarf Orinoco'. California gold differ a bit from Dwarf Orinoco in the California Gold generally fruit between 4ft to 7f at the pseudostem, while dwarf Orinoco fruit at 6ft tall or more at the pseudostem. California Gold fruits are more rounded. It is one of the first to start growing in the spring, about the same time as Musa Basjoo

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  • Mature Height - 5 to 7 feet
  • Survival Zone - Zone 8(according to JEarl)
  • Fruiting Zone - 9
  • Cold Hardiness -Zone 8
  • Wind - High Wind Tolerance
  • Sun - Full Sun
  • Taste Description - The flesh has a salmon tint, is firm, edible raw when fully ripe but much better cooked fried, baked or otherwise, as are plantains.
  • Personal Notes - Very tough, thick leaf, very resistant to tearing and shredding.
  • Growth tips - Does well with drip irrigation.

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  • Typical Price Range - $44.00 to $150.07 on eBay in 2007 with about 12 pups sold thus far. Most seemed to go for around $55-$70 in 2009 though Jeff Earl reportedly sold several at higher prices via private deals from people that had been on a waiting list. Record price of $180.27 set on 4/27/2010 and Jeff reported he sold two at this price.

Members Growing This Banana


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