Bananas Come in Many Colors

What color is your banana? Bananas come in yellow, green, black, red and furry pink.

Varieties of Banana

There are several hundred different varieties of banana tree. Some are seed grown and others grow from a corm which is produced by the parent banana tree. Some of these produce edible bananas and others are purely decorative.

Most of us are familiar with the plants that produce yellow bananas, red banana and green bananas, but know little more about the other varieties.

Musa Beccari

Banana Grove

The beautiful musa beccari grows from a corm which looks like a bulb. As the banana plant blooms and produces bananas, the corm shrivels up and dies but new corms are formed ready for the next crop of bananas.

Fiber Banana

The Japanese Fiber Banana is quite a strange site. It doesn’t look like a banana at all. Its correct name is musa basjoo and it is the most hardy of all banana plants. It can survive as far north as Ontario and the northern states of America.

These banana plants grow very fast and a young plant put out in spring can reach ten feet by autumn. In northern locations this banana plant is unlikely to flower, or bear fruit but in warmer regions it does flower and produce very small, inedible bananas. In Japan this banana is grown commercially to produce fabric, hence its name, Japanese Fiber Banana.

Banana: Musa Splendida

Musa splendida are bananas from Indo China. They are rarely grown outside this area and are not considered very good for commercial production because they are not as prolific as many other varieties.. This is the variety of banana grown in Sumatra, and in the Yunan area of China.

Baby Bananas with Flowers

Musa acuminata is more commonly known as bananito. The bananas are short and fat. These are grown in northern Australia and are much sweeter in taste that ordinary dessert bananas and have a taste a bit like apples so they are sometimes called apple bananas, ladies’ fingers, or baby bananas.

Cavendish Bananas

The Cavendish banana is the variety used most in the world banana trade. This banana originated in Vietnam and China and development of the plants produced the Dwarf Cavendish Banana which is often used as a houseplant. These bananas grown to about 25 centimetres in length and are used as a food plant.

Pink Bananas

Pink bananas are correctly called musa velutina. These are also called fuzzy pink bananas, or velvet pinks. It has green and white variegated foliage and is inedible although very beautiful.

Siam Ruby Banana

The Siam Ruby banana (musa acuminata) is purely ornamental and is grown for its red fruit and leaves. It grows to about three feet in height and is very rare. This banana originally came from the wild areas of New Guinea and commanded prices as high as $1500 .

Hawaiian Hua Moa Bananas

Musa Hua Moa is a Hawaiian banana The fruit grows in smaller bunches than most other babanas but the diameter of each single banana can be as much as four inches. They can grow up to ten inches long and mostly short and fat. Some don’t look like bananas at all. These can be eaten as fruit, or cooked.


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22 Responses to “Bananas Come in Many Colors”
  1. IcyCucky Says...

    On July 5, 2008 at 7:04 am

    Beautiful banana colors…Love the purple and pink ones, and haven’t seen them before.

  2. Catherine South Says...

    On July 5, 2008 at 7:36 am

    We generally get the Caendish bananas here in South Africa… I’d love to taste the pink ones, they’re quite stunning.

  3. Catherine South Says...

    On July 5, 2008 at 7:38 am

    Aw… They’re inedible… What a pity…

  4. valli Says...

    On July 5, 2008 at 8:32 am

    I never saw pink, Hawaiian Hua Moaand and Siam Ruby Bananas. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On July 5, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Louie, this is quite fascinating, and I love the pictures. Thank you and take care.

  6. Sun Meilan Says...

    On July 5, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Lovely photos and article! Didn’t know about the pink ones…I learn something new every time from your articles!

  7. diane mccloskey Says...

    On July 5, 2008 at 11:09 am

    i worked at a fruit/vegetable stand for 2 1/2 years, but sure didn’t know about some of these! good job!

  8. Alexa Gates Says...

    On July 5, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    great article! I never would have guessed that there were pink bananas! too bad we can’t eat them :)

  9. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On July 5, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Cavendish for me. I like yellow bananas. I have never seen pink ones, very interesting.

  10. Anne Lyken-Garner Says...

    On July 6, 2008 at 10:10 am

    I love the little ones, they’re so very sweet. Pity I can no longer enjoy them.

  11. Lucy Lockett Says...

    On July 8, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    I like banana’s but have learned more about them from your enlightening article!

  12. Francie Says...

    On July 11, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Great article, I’m learning to like bananas more by having strawberry banana smoothies. Also I love batter fried bananas!
    I know how healthy they are so am trying to make the extra effort.
    Thanks for the lesson in all the varieties!

  13. louie jerome Says...

    On July 12, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Thanks for all your comments.

    Hey, Francie, I don’t like them either, and, like you, I’m trying to like them for their nutritional benefits.

  14. Nelson Jefferson Says...

    On November 3, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    The banana’s are a pleasure to look at. I have never seen them in these fascinating colors. The pink bananas are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing these nice photos.

  15. Me Says...

    On January 17, 2009 at 12:40 am

    we are just fascinated with ur info!

  16. Chanter Says...

    On October 22, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Love the different colors of those bananas! I got here because of the velvet pink banana, I saw seeds on ebay and planning on purchasing some ^-^ The seller also said that the velvet pink banana are edible and are sweet though has lots of seeds. Hmmnn…. must ask the seller too if it is really edible or not.

  17. Paul Synott Says...

    On September 1, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Pink Bananas are not poisonous if taken Analy

  18. Vic Mchugo Says...

    On September 2, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Actually from experience the poisonous bananas can make you extremely ill if you stick it up your Sh!t pipe, me and my hubby have tried all sorts of fruit up there and poisonous bananas are a no no he was in intensive care for a week. just a warning fruit fans try a kiwi rough on the outside soft in the middle .Vic.

  19. Paul Synnott Says...

    On September 2, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Thanks for the tip Mr McHugo (my fellow fruit follower), I will no longer be on the hunt for the dangerous pink banana. It appears to serve no edible or sexual purpose. I have indeed tried the rather prickly little devils Kiwi fruit (what a botty treat).
    I would however like to propose the humble Coconut as my personal favourite.
    Happy picking my fellow fruit fanciers.

  20. Paul Smith Says...

    On September 8, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I can confirm from my experience with Vic McHugo that this is true. We were both in intensive care for over a week, although trying to spoon a kiwi from Vic’s arsehole was very slow and painful!!

    Ignore anything Mr Synnott says he is just a CUNT!

  21. vic mchugo Says...

    On September 30, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    just out of hospital.Paul will be the reciever for a period of time as he is a quicker healer (Thats why I call him Wolverine). We have moved on to softer fruits whilst we both heal, sliced mango and water melon, just until we get out confidence back.Thanks for reading fruit lovers

  22. toot Says...

    On March 22, 2013 at 11:49 am

    there are pink bananas wtf

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