Orinoco (Bluggoe) Banana (Musa paradisiaca)

Orinoco banana bunch ripening at Luna Hill Forest Garden, Pensacola Florida

Technically a grass, this plant serves as a canopy tree in the urban forest garden. This Orinoco banana has performed well in the Pensacola climate. I like it for it’s very tasty fruit. I like a banana fruit when it is very ripe. Unlike the cavendish banana (grocery store variety) this banana becomes most sweet when the peels are brown to darker. At this time the flesh inside takes on a light-subtle salmon color. OoLaLa!

Banana Culturing

The parameters of successful banana production I have observed in the Northern Gulf coastal sand plains include: Variety, maintenance, pup selection and timing.

Author: Duane Tant