The total number of cultivars of bananas and plantains has been estimated to be anything from around 300 to more than 1000. Names are highly confused, even within a single country. Many common names do not refer to a single cultivar or clone; for example 'Lady's Finger' or 'Lady Finger' has been used as the name for members of different genome groups. Many other names are synonyms of cultivars grown in the same or different countries.
Attempts have been made to create lists of synonyms. In 2000, Valmayor et al. listed equivalent local names for 68 cultivars across five Southeast Asian countries (the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam), together with their internationally used names. They considered a further 81 cultivars to be unique to one country. In 2007, Ploetz et al. listed more cultivar names and synonyms, with an emphasis on those grown in the islands of the Pacific, but including some grown in areas such as India, Africa and South America. As an example, for the widely grown cultivar 'Dwarf Cavendish', they gave 58 synonyms from 29 different countries or geographical areas. ProMusa has created a checklist of banana cultivar names based on available literature.
|PLU||PLU NAME||Local Name / Printed on Labels|
Hawaiian Plantain (Del Monte)
|#4186||Yellow Banana (Small)||
|#4231||Green Banana||Caribbean Fig
Bananes Roses (SCB)
What we also have found this banana types written on banana labels:
- Williams, Giant Cavendish
- Pacovan (Brazil)
- Gros Michel, Criollo (Costa Rica), Pisang Ambon (Indonesia), Guineo Verde (Colombia), Hom Thong (Thailand)
- Namwha Banana (Thailand),
- Pisang Berangan Bananas
- (Golden) Pisang Mas
- Silk Banana
- Grande Naine
- Ice Cream / Blue Java Bananas (chubby bananas can grow to up to 7 inches long. The skin is a blotchy, silvery-blue and the flesh is creamy white. The flavor is somewhat like rich ice cream.)
- Rulo: Rulo is very much like a Platano, but the fruit is a little wider in size, softer to touch and paler in color.