- Blue Java banana
Musa 'Blue Java'
Blue Java banana strands in Maui, Hawaii.
Details Hybrid parentage Musa acuminata × balbisiana Cultivar group ABB Group Cultivar 'Blue Java' Origin Southeast Asia up to North Australia
The Blue Java (also known as Ice Cream banana, Hawaiian banana, Ney Mannan, Krie, or Cenizo) is a hardy, cold tolerant banana cultivar known for its sweet aromatic fruit which is said to have an ice cream like consistency and flavor reminiscent of vanilla.
Taxonomy and Nomenclature
Its accepted name is Musa acuminata × balbisiana Colla (ABB Group) cv. 'Blue Java'.
- Musa acuminata × balbisiana Colla (ABB Group) cv. 'Ice Cream'
Blue Java bananas can grow to a height of 15 feet to 20 feet. They are cold tolerant and like tall bananas of the ABB Group, are wind resistant because of their strong pseudostems and root systems. The leaves are silvery green in color.
The fruit bunches are small, bearing seven to nine hands. The fruit are 7 to 9 inches in length and exhibit a characteristic silvery blue color when unripe. The fruit turn a pale yellow when ripe, with white creamy flesh. They bloom around 15 to 24 months after planting and can be harvested after 115 to 150 days.
They are also popular as ornamentals and shade plants for their unusual blue coloration, large size, and tolerance to temperate climates.
Pests and Diseases
- Root nematodes
- Panama disease
- Black Sigatoka
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Bananas and Plantains Cultivars Cultivar groups
AA group · AAA group (Cavendish group) · AAA-EA subgroup (East African Highland bananas) · AAAA group · AAAB group · AAA group (Plantain group) · AABB group · AB group · ABB group · ABBB group · BB Group · BBB Group
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