Mention bananas and one immediately thinks the yellow store bought variety. Sure they are flavorful, healthy, and have a variety of uses, but until you’ve sampled some other banana varieties you’re missing out. Besides that, not only are many edible but they make an excellent landscape speciman almost anywhere, adding an instant tropical look. I’ve even seen on some banana forums people growing them outdoors in the summer then digging them up and placing in storage for the winter. Now that’s dedication!
Bananas belong to the family Musaceae. Many refer to it as a tree because of the size but the banana is actually a herbaceous plant. The trunk of the banana plant is known as the pseudostem, and size varies from just a few feet tall to over twenty four feet! Just as the trunk size varies, so does the leaf size,with some banana leaves reaching lengths of over twelve feet. The banana fruit grows in hanging clusters, with the clusters being known as hands and each individual banana in the cluster known as a finger. Once a pseudostem produces fruit and the fruit is harvested it then dies and is replaced by another pseudostem. The fruit produced are either considered dessert bananas due to the soft, sweet, creamy texture or green cooking bananas due to the firmer, more starchier fruit.
Currently we have seven varieties of bananas in cultivation. Once we have a sufficient supply of parent stock we hope to have banana plants for sale, but since bananas are primarily propagated through division it has been a lengthy process to get a small plantation of bananas going. In the meantime, feel free to browse our banana information and picture pages on the banana varieties we are growing using the links below.