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SABA Plantain

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Trikus starts with ...
Heard that these are very popular in the Philippines .. and also that they are very tall .. They are enormous // much bigger than Pacific planted to the left here .. will get to taste them soon .
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Trikus

Yes you are right. Plantain (Saba) is very popular in the Philippines because of its versatility in the kitchen. When I was growing up in the P.I. we have a lot of Saba clumps in our back garden. We use to make them into desserts, cakes or just plain boiled as a snack or even eaten fresh when it's ripe. And it is even a vital ingredient in some of the main dishes in the Philippines. Even the plantain banana blossom is treated as a vegetable in cooking. Yes, it's obviously more versatile than the ubiquitous Cavendish here in OZ. But, then again it's an acquired taste. Who knows you might learn to like it.

As Always....Happy gardening :-)
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mcmelb1 says...
Hi Trikus,

I've been looking for Saba Banana plants for ages! I saw it on Backyardbananas but it was sold out..
Would you be willing to sell a pup?

Cheers
Marcus
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Trikus says...
I have developed a real taste for plantains now and have 5 different cvs.
Worst possible time for planting suckers now .. try El Arish Exotics in a few months when it warms up ..

http://www.elarishtropicalexotics.com/
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mcmelb1 says...
Hi Trikus,
Yes I've come across El Arish Exotics, but they don't have Saba bananas listed as something they sell (in stock or out of stock). I haven't seen anywhere that sells Sabas other than Backyard Bananas.
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Trikus

I've been missing the Philippines plantain banana. We just buy the imported frozen ones if we feel the cravings for it which is of course we'll below our standard. Anyway, besides El Arish nursery where did you score your saba banana? Hoping that you'll share with us your source.

Happy gardening :-)
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Original Post was last edited: 28th April 2018 8:15pm
mcmelb1 says...
Hey Fruitylicious1,

Backyard Bananas gets this plant sometimes. It's currently out of stock but it had a "e;e;back order"e;e; status only a month ago, and i made a reservation. The person there told me that they changed the status because they are unsure when propagation material will become available to them from the lab.
Anyway, they micropropagate from certified tissue culture, and can send interstate, so maybe send them an email and they can put you on the waiting list:
http://backyardbananas.com.au/product/saba-backyard-banana-plant/

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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Mcmelb

Thanks for the update bro. Much appreciated. I will definitely send them an inquiry.

Good day and happy gardening :-)
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