Musa Haikea

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Cultivar Name

musa 'haikea'


pale banana


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'Light green offering' - related to the 'Hai'. Haikea bears fruit wich is angular and slightly curved. The skin when ripe is thick and 'bright waxy yellow'. The flesh is yellow and the banana can be eaten raw or cooked. The petiole is brownish at the base, green with reddish wash above, margin of petiole purpish, curving upward. The trunk is tall, green with reddish base. The term 'hai' is a contraction of Mohai, meaning a offering to the gods. This suggests that this plant may have been ritualistically equivalent to the lele, wich it resembles, for Haikea may be translated 'light green(kea) offering'. 'kea' is being used to describe varieties in wich whitish green predominates. Sometimes called the pale banana. Of the maoli group haikea has a somewhat pinkish trunk, whitish petiole, almost closed petiole channel. Fruit 5-7 inches and fairly straight.

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