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Orinoco - Banana Plantain Great For Cooking

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Size: Small

Orinoco Banana (Musa)

The Orinoco banana, distinct in its robust and chunky form, stands out in the world of bananas. Its silhouette, bearing squared sides, challenges the usual slender expectations of banana enthusiasts. The Orinoco is hardy with wind and cold tolerant no wonder it has been a favourite of many home gardeners.

In its youthful, green state, one might think of the Orinoco as a mere plantain. However, with time, it unveils its true colors, transitioning into dark shades of black or deep brown as it matures. This transformation isn’t just skin-deep. As it ripens, its flavor profile takes an intriguing turn.

Taking a bite of a ripe Orinoco is like diving into a flavorful surprise. The creamy texture is laden with notes reminiscent of apples and strawberries. It’s a taste that distinguishes the Orinoco from its peers. This culinary chameleon can be cooked when green and relished raw when fully ripened, making it a beloved choice for versatile recipes.

Cultivating the Orinoco banana plant is like nurturing a tropical gem. Its broad, verdant leaves capture the essence of a balmy paradise, rustling softly with every breeze, evoking images of serene landscapes.

The Orinoco’s resilience is another feather in its cap. Hardy and resistant to some typical banana maladies, it’s a dependable choice for those keen on introducing a tropical flair to their gardens or kitchens.

In summary, the Orinoco banana isn’t just another fruit—it’s a delightful blend of unexpected

Plant Care 

Light

Most types of bananas plants prefer to grow in full sun meaning at least six hours of direct sunlight on most days. Some varieties can scorch easily and will do better in partial shade. 

Water

Need a lot of water and plenty of moisture in the air. They do best when planted in groups fairly close together, as this helps to retain moisture in the leaves. Water regularly to make sure the soil stays evenly moist but not soggy. Avoid overwatering in winter, which can cause root rot. 

Soil

Well drained fertile soil and slightly acidic. They typically have poor tolerance for salt in the soil.

Fertilizer

Apply a balanced fertilizer regularly throughout the growing season. Also, mix compost into the soil annually to raise the level of organic matter.

Wind

Slightly sensitive to wind except for some varieties like the Edible Honduran and the Australian Hybrids.

Frost

Frost tender, except for some varieties like the Edible Honduran and the Australian Hybrid.

Fruiting

After 10-15 months of growing time

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Josi Riddle
Orinoco banana

Another wonderful plant from Exotica, I can't wait for this one to fruit so I get to taste the bananas.