[nafex] Bananas

Yorrba marillen at earthlink.net
Thu May 10 20:22:25 EDT 2001


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Minor point:  Banana bunchy top is caused by a virus, not a fungus.

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On Thu, 10 May 2001 18:09:19 -0400, Don Yellman wrote:

>Ummm....... Doreen, you know how much I hate to disagree with you, but
>when I served as Econ officer at the U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil,
>Ecuador from 1970-73, I was also the banana officer, and got deeper into
>bananas than I would like to tell you about.  At that time, bananas were
>Ecuador's number one export crop.  The region around Guayquil,
>especially to the South in El Oro province, is the largest banana
>growing and exporting area in the world.
>
>Williams Hybrid was  the dominant commercial variety until the mid to
>late 50's, when an outbreak of a fungal disease known as "bunchy top"
>wiped out Central America and spread rapidly into Northern S. America.
>Cavendish was developed specifically to resist that disease, and is now
>the exclusive variety in the whole region.  Cavendish is also larger and
>slightly less "fruity" tasting than Williams.  Williams survives in many
>other parts of the world where bunchy top did not strike.  I grew it
>while living on Saipan in the early 80's, and it is widespread across
>Micronesia, the Philippines, and Southeast Asia.
>
>Incidentally, bananas are one fruit that absolutely has to be picked
>green.  If left on the tree after achieving full size, every banana will
>split open on the stalk.  I say this because I have split quite a few
>bananas.
>
>Rgds, Don Yellman, Great Falls, VA
>
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