Bananas

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Description

Banana, fruit of the genus Musa, of the family Musaceae, one of the most important fruit crops of the world. The banana is grown in the tropics, and, though it is most widely consumed in those regions, it is valued worldwide for its flavor, nutritional value, and availability throughout the year.

Region

Central and South America

Recommended Temp Storage Zone

56-58°F (Cold Storage)

Specialty

no

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Description

Manzano bananas are short and chubby with thick yellow skins that turn completely black when ripe. They're sometimes called the apple banana because of their apple-like flavor when immature. When fully ripe, they have a more tropical, pineapple flavor.

Region

Central and South America

Recommended Temp Storage Zone

56-58°F (Cold Storage)

Specialty

no

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Description

Red bananas have a purple or maroon-red skin that makes them a distinctive sight. They are squatter than a cavendish and its cream-colored flesh often has a light pink or pale orange hue. Sweeter than a traditional banana, they are a great choice to use for sampling with consumers. They are available year-round from Ecuador and Mexico.

Region

Central and South America

Recommended Temp Storage Zone

56-58°F (Cold Storage)

Specialty

Yes

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Description

Green bananas are unripe cavendish-type bananas that have been specially grown and harvested in order to resist the ripening process through the supply chain. They are an important part of Caribbean cooking, especially Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Green bananas must be cooked before they can be consumed, as they are very starchy. Their flavor is mild, but hearty.

Region

Central and South America

Recommended Temp Storage Zone

56-58°F (Cold Storage)

Specialty

No

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