[NAFEX] Good tasting banana for a container
burdrs at comcast.net
Sun Feb 5 07:24:41 EST 2006
I can lay the plant on its side in a dark basement. What happens if the
bananas are still on the tree and not quite ready to pick? Thanks
From: Doreen Howard [mailto:gardendiva at charter.net]
Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2006 10:24 PM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Good tasting banana for a container
Raji Puri. It grows 6-8 feet, is fairly cold-hardy (down to 15F) and
fruits in 8 months. It's the sweetest, best-tasting banana I've ever
grown. I don't grow them now, as I live on the Wisconsin-Illinois
border, but I spent a decade on the Texas Gulf Coast (zone 9) where
bananas dotted the landscape. I've tried over a dozen varieties and
like Raji Puri the best for taste. Don't bother with Dwarf Cavendish.
The fruit is touted as the grocery store banana, but in reality, what
you grow doesn't taste as good. And, avoid the cold-hardy bananas, as
they are very starchy--almost plantains.
BTW, don't cut off the banana top when you bring it indoors. You want
it to shut down gradually and drop its leaves if you are storing it in a
dark area such as a basement. Lay it on its side, if height is the
issue. Bananas are like celery. They grow from the center.
Stokes Tropicals www.stokes.com sells Raji Puri.
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