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Banana Kluay Khai

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Phil@Tyalgum starts with ...
I tasted a bunch of bananas from a local fruit stall on the NSW/Qld border (Chillingham) labelled as "Kluay Khai" a Thai variety. Small but packed with flavour, the fruit is very thin skinned and the flesh is almost orange. Does anyone know if it is readily available? It's only a little bigger than a finger but probaby the nicest banana variety I've tasted so far.
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TyalgumPhil
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7th September 2010 8:29pm
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M Nash says...
watch this space Phil, I have a source, May be the same type, It is a miniature tree, same decrepit as you said. Only they added that it is a superior cooking banana.
Only prob is the restrictions we have here on the border, Moving them around and stuff. got to keep the law.
May be best to call me
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7th September 2010 11:01pm
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trikus says...
Also known as Pisang Mas [ = gold ]
Ladyfinger , or even Monkey Finger .
Excellent taste and worth growing .
There is a similar sized fruit with paler less sweet flesh on a much taller plant , Pisang Kering , though this name is also used for Pisang Ceylon .
I have a bunch almost ready on Pisang Ceylon and am really looking foward to tasting it .
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
OK thanks fellas, would love to get my hands on them..
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speedy says...
Yeah Phil,
they're great aren't they.
I had a small tissue-cultured plant that I got as 'Pisang Mas'
about 15yrs ago when I was living up the road at Pumpenbil.

It carked it in a bad frost though :-(
They're also known as 'Sucrier' they're a diploid plant (AA)
here's some handy info to cut through
the confusion of banana names a bit.
http://www.plantnames.unimelb.edu.au/Sorting/Musa.html

Another favorite in Thailand worth getting is 'Kluay Nam Wa'.
It's called for by name in many Thai recipes using banana.
eg. 'Khao Thom Mat' or 'Kluay Buat Chee'
it's known in Aust as 'Dwarf Ducasse'.
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
Thanks Speedy, I have a dwarf Ducasse already from Blue Sky which has been in the ground for a month or so and is powering ahead. Will be in Pinnacle Rd for lunch today as a matter of fact...
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Cuong says...
Does anyone know what babanas these might be? I am growing them, the plant itself are 3 to 3.5m tall. The photos are from my parents banana plants which I have got sucklings from.

The fruit are shorter to what I have seen sold at the shops as lady finger, so not sure what I have got.

Fruit itself is very thin skinned, very nice aromatic flavour and very dense texture.

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Phil@Tyalgum says...
They look exactly like the Kluay Khai variety I bought at a roadside stall recently - a terrific, well flavoured if small fruit.
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Linda says...
Cuong show the pictures of Kluay Khai banana fruit that he growing this kind of banana tree in his back yard. I didn't have his email address. Will you please ask him where can I buy a small Kluay Khai banana tree like that? I would like to have one to grow in my back yard also.

Thanks

ps: Cuong please send me an email & let me know where can I buy a small Kluay Khai banana tree like that?

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Jason says...
These "monkey finger" bananas were for sale in my local Safeway for most of the 1990s. Its been around as long time so there must be a few plants still kicking around.

I've got another bunch of dwarf ducasse on the way down here. Only variety that's reliable here it seems.
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sternus1 says...
Kluay khai is always a prefix in thai for thai bananas. So for example, a variety would be called kluay khai theparot.

In thailand the most popular bananas are pratabong (which have rather orange flesh) and can be used for fresh eating and cooking, as well as the ones which are slightly bulb shaped and have a name which translates into 'woman's breast'.

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Joachim says...
glad to see this thread has resurrected as I've been checking out all these 'monkey banana topics.
Bali friend tells me thay are called Pisang mas over there, and are the same little stubby 'nanas.
I was in Sydney at Christmas and contacted the nursery in Fairfield that had been selling these suckers last year but no joy there.
As with Linda, any leads would be much appreciated. My email is : fishriddle at hotmail dot com

Thanks for all the info guys,
Allan
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JohnMc1 says...
Had to take this poor shot of a bunch while walking down a back alley in the middle of the night in Bali. I'm wondering if this is the cv I have, common name from what I can find, Musa Thousand Fingers Banana.
The cv I have was sold to me as Thousand fingers banana but hasn't fruited.
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Joachim says...
That's a wild looking bunch John.

I saw a bunch in Thailand that was so long that it was almost touching the ground but it tapered down, not like your Mali thousand fingers.

So cool what is out there, variety being the spice as they say...

Thanks for the pic
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