Veinte Cohol Fruit Splitting

sun_worshiper(FL 9b)September 28, 2011

I have 3 varieties of banana that have set fruit this year, Veinte Cohol, Ice Cream & Dwarf Brazilian. The Veinte Cohol fruit are starting to split open. Their skins are bursting even though most are still green. Anybody know if that is normal? Neither or the other varieties are splitting. A couple of the Veinte Cohol fruits near the middle of the bunch are starting to be pale yellow. I separated off a couple and let them sit on my counter for a day. They are mostly yellow and reasonably soft. I tasted one, and it is soft, but very tart - not at all sweet. But it does not have any of that resinous flavor that I associate with unripe bananas (or banana skins). So what is the deal? Is this a characteristic of this variety? It was my understanding that they should be sweet. Or are they not ripe yet despite the splitting open? I'm trying to decide if I should harvest the bunch before more split open and spoil, or if they aren't ripe enough yet and I should wait. I'm still pretty new to bananas. Any advice?

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hmhausman(FL 10B)

I have no experience with this culitvar but have seen fruit splitting in others. I think that Going Bananas has experience with this particular cultivar. If I were you, I'd give a call to Don at Going Bananas and see what he thinks. That would be your best source for an answer.

Harry

    Bookmark   September 30, 2011 at 3:53PM
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sun_worshiper(FL 9b)

Thanks Harry. I did contact Don (who I bought my plant from). He recommended harvesting. After hanging for a few days in my garage, they are starting to get a bit sweeter. But this variety is not a very sweet one according to Don. But its advantage is that it fruits really rapidly. This plant froze to the ground last winter, sent up a new shoot in the spring, and had set fruit by 8/15. And it is ripe already. Only 1.5 months of hang time is pretty amazing! Here are a few pics:

    Bookmark   October 5, 2011 at 9:31AM
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