About Red Daccas
Almost all red bananas in
the world are either full sized or dwarf
versions of Musa Acuminata Colla (AAA Group) CV.
originated in India, but has become very popular
in Asia and Central and South America. Today,
you can get them from wholesalers
and high-end grocery stores in North America and
Europe, but they're not nearly as common as the
popular Cavendish variety that you find just
Red bananas were
actually some of the first to appear in North
American markets, but they were replaced by Gros
Michel by the late 1800s because they're
less efficient to grow in plantation systems.
grows on a very large pseudostems (they tower
over you and can reach 18 feet) that often have
highlights of purple and red in them.
Each plant produces
fruit in about 18 months, and the bunches
of bananas are compact and full. I've seen some
with over 100 medium-sized fruit on them, which
splits into 4 to 7 hands.
The skin starts off
red and ripens to a deep purple color. Some
start to get hints of yellow in them as they
Peel them open and
you'll find the flesh color to be a creamy off
white. The consistency is smoother than
Cavendish, and taste is sweeter, with just a
hint of raspberry thrown in. A friend swears he
tastes cinnamon in them too.
In short, they're
delicious, and worth a try.