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[nafex] Re: marketer's mirage
I apologize for the error on Cavendish - I was quoting from memory of
a Wall Street Journal (a number of years ago) article that was
describing problems with bananas (i.e. that it was all one variety
(Cavendish), and diseases were overwhelming that variety, and they
hadn't found a satisfactory replacement.) Either these varieties
have now replaced the C. or of course the WSJ was wrong.
SE PA, zone 6
--- In nafex@y..., "Doreen Howard" <doreenh@t...> wrote:
> Christopher Mauchline wrote:
> 3) The grocery stores don't help. With the exception of apples and
> >pears, all fruit is marketed as "Peach", "Red Plum", "Black Plum",
> >etc. Which means that it may not be the same fruit from week to
> >but the consumer isn't going to know this (Did you know that the
> >standard yellow banana you see in the store is actually
> >the "Cavendish"?).
> I agree with everything you have written and more. Not to quibble,
> bananas in stores are Grand Nain and Williams, not Cavendish, due
> Chiquita and Dole Fruit Company monopolies in Central America where
> have planted vast plantations of both--varieties hybridized for
> production, uniform fruit size, etc. Cavendish, although a
> variety found in some markets, is not the main commercial banana.
> value is that it is good breeding stock for improvements. Williams
> off-spring of Cavendish. Cavendish also dwarfs easily, creating
> ornamental and home fruit producing varieties.
> And, it's true if you have the fortune to eat another banana
> for flavor such as Mysore and Raja Puri, you know what you are
> This is true with all fruits, and as NAFEX members, I see our
> show others that there are wonderful fruits suitable for every
> Doreen Howard, who just put her bedroom banana, a Raja Puri,
outside for the
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