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Old 06-23-2019, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon
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We live in Western Oregon in the foothills of the Cascade range. We've had a Banana plant for years which has never produced anything. Today we noticed a flower that has many little Bananas. We are astounded! The question is; will it actually produce edible bananas? That would be amazing!
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Old 06-23-2019, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Most likely not. Or if it does, they will most likely be the smaller, starchy ones (edible, but not especially palatable), not the large yellow sweet Cavendish bananas that are in the grocery stores.

Is this an indoor plant?

Please post a picture when it looks ripe!
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Old 06-24-2019, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Dark Side of the Moon
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We live in Western Oregon in the foothills of the Cascade range. We've had a Banana plant for years which has never produced anything. Today we noticed a flower that has many little Bananas. We are astounded! The question is; will it actually produce edible bananas? That would be amazing!
Ours did after three years, and continue to produce but not every year. We found the key is to leave them on as long as possible. They're very starchy at first, even when they first turn yellow, but if you leave them on as long as you can, the starch converts to sugar, and they are edible. They're definitely not like store bought, but they work well in smoothies and other recipes.

Enjoy!
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Old 06-24-2019, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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We live in Western Oregon in the foothills of the Cascade range. We've had a Banana plant for years which has never produced anything. Today we noticed a flower that has many little Bananas. We are astounded! The question is; will it actually produce edible bananas? That would be amazing!

Pic?
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Old 06-24-2019, 07:45 PM
 
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Yes, we so want to see a picture of them on the tree. Those starchy bananas are great for cooked banana desserts - the Cavendish ones are too soft and sweet. They're also good sweetened and dried. There are lots of recipes for small starchy bananas.
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Old 06-24-2019, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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We live in Western Oregon in the foothills of the Cascade range. We've had a Banana plant for years which has never produced anything. Today we noticed a flower that has many little Bananas. We are astounded! The question is; will it actually produce edible bananas? That would be amazing!
Yay!
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Old 06-25-2019, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Puna, Hawaii
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Most bananas are edible, including some that are described as "inedible". A lot of times that only means that they have to be cooked. People grow starchy bananas that need to be cooked and used similar to potatoes. But unlike potatoes they aren't poisonous if raw, just unpalatable. If you haven't been fertilizing it make sure you give it some that has good potassium. I would be interested in hearing what type you have. Contrary to popular belief there are edible bananas that produce seeds that grow. Also make sure it has plenty of water and watch for pests that may go after the fruit.
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Old 06-25-2019, 09:45 PM
 
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Ours did after three years, and continue to produce but not every year. We found the key is to leave them on as long as possible. They're very starchy at first, even when they first turn yellow, but if you leave them on as long as you can, the starch converts to sugar, and they are edible. They're definitely not like store bought, but they work well in smoothies and other recipes.

Enjoy!
I thought banana plants were a single crop plant. Once the banana was grown on the plant. The plant would die.
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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I thought banana plants were a single crop plant. Once the banana was grown on the plant. The plant would die.
The main stem that bears the fruits will die. But there will typically be several "pups" at the base which will gow into new flowering stems.
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Old 06-25-2019, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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That is so cool! How fun.
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