Bananas & Plantains Varieties Chart

Below basic fruit information for some of the most common banana & plantain varieties for sale at Everglades.Farm
Source: IFAS Extension, University of Florida & Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
cultivars in bold are very popular with Everglades.Farm customers, based on unit sales.

Small Size Bananas

No.VarietyUseFruit SizeBunch WeightTrunk HeightFeatureHardy
1MysoreDessert6-7 in.33 - 55 lbs14 - 16 ft.Popular lady finger bananaFair
2Pisang RajaDessert/Cooking6-8 in.33 - 55 lbs8- 10 ft.Popular Indian VarietyFair
3Blue Java (ice cream)Dessert/Cooking6-8 in.33 - 55 lbs10 - 12 fruit w white fleshGood
4KandrianCooking6-8 in.44 - 77 lbs20+ ft.Large plant. Sweet and spicy fruitFair
5GoldfingerDessert6-8 in.20 - 40 lbs10 - 12 ft.Very disease resistant, wind and cool tolerantGood
6Red Dwarf (Cuban, Jamaican)Dessert/Cooking6 - 8 in.20 - 40 lbs8 - 9 ft.Eaten fresh, baked, friedFair
7Namwah Dwarf (pisang awak)Dessert/Cooking6-8 in.44 - 77 lbs.8 - 10 ft.Good snack choice, from ThailandFair
8Kokopo Dwarf (patupi)Dessert6-8 in.30 lbs.8 - 10 ft.Fast growing cycleFair
9Manzano (apple)Dessert4-6 in.30 lbs.8 - 15 ft.popular for snackingFair
10Praying HandsDessert4-6 in.20 - 40 lbs.12- 14 ft.Vanilla flavored banana, rareFair
11Mona Lisa (FHIA-02)Dessert6 - 8 in.20 - 40 lbs.10 -12 ft.Hardy and disease resistantGood
12Raja PuriDessert6 - 8 in.20 - 40 lbs.10 - 12 ft.cold hardy, wind resistant, great for gardensFair
13Veinte Cohol DwarfDessert2.5-6 in.20 - 40 lbs.7 - 10 ft.quick to produce fruit, Philippines originGood
14Sweetheart Banana (FHIA-03)Dessert4 - 6 in.55 - 130 lbs.10 - 12 ft.increased disease resistanceGood

Regular Size Bananas

No.VarietyUseFruit SizeBunch WeightTrunk HeightFeatureHardy
1LakatanDessert6-8 in.44 - 55 lbs14+ ft.Upright leavesFair
2Williams (hybrid)Dessert7-8 in.55 - 130 lbs8 - 10 ft.Cavendish typeGood
3Cavendish Dwarf Dessert6-10 in.55 - 110 lbs5 ft.Dwarf plantFair
4Gros MichelDessert7-8 in.55 - 100 lbs14+ ft.Exceptional tastePoor
5Grand Nain (Chiquita Banana)Dessert7-8 in.40 -60 lbs6 - 8 ftTop choice to eat fresh or with cerealFair

Plantains - mostly used for cooking, can be eaten fresh when fully ripe.

No.VarietyUseFruit SizeBunch WeightTrunk HeightFeatureHardy
1P.R. Dwarf PlantainCooking6-8 in.22 - 44 lbs8 - 12 ft.Claim to fame: tostonesFair
2Saba (cardaba)Cooking7-8 in.50 - 77 lbs16 - 20+ ft.Excellent choice for tostonesFair
3Orinoco (burro) DwarfCooking6 - 8 in.33 - 55 lbs.5 - 14 ft.can be eaten fresh when ripeFair
4Hua moa (Hawaiian plantain)Dessert/Cooking4-6 in.20 - 40 lbs.12 ft.Great for tostonesPoor

Tips for growing banana plants:


Bananas thrive in warm to hot conditions. Shoot growth is best between 78°F to 82°F (26–28°C), and fruit growth occurs at 84°F to 86°F (29–30°C). Plant growth slows below 60°F (16°C) and stops at 50°F (10°C). Chilling injury (below 60°F/16°C but above 32°F/0°C) leads to flowering stalk or fruit bunch failure, dull or greenish-gray ripening fruit, distorted shape, and increased rotting.


Wind can damage banana leaves and distort the plant crown. Winds above 25 mph and 45 mph may cause tall and short banana cultivars (respectively) to topple.

Drought and flooding: Water is crucial for fruit number and size. Drought stress shows as folded leaves, pale to yellow leaf color, and premature leaf death. Bananas cannot tolerate flooding or stagnant water. Planting on raised beds is recommended in flood-prone or wet soil conditions. Continuously wet soil leads to stunting, yellowing leaves, and reduced yields.


Banana plants tolerate moderate shade (up to 50%), but excessive shade delays growth and reduces fruit quality.


Bananas don't grow well in salty soils. Symptoms of salt damage include yellowing and death of leaf margins, and deformed fruit.


Bananas can be grown from sea level to 6,562 ft (2,000 m), depending on the local climate.


Bananas prefer flat, well-drained soils with pH 5.5–7.0 and rich in organic matter. Proper soil drainage is crucial. Raised beds and sloping the land aid in drainage.

Updated on: 05/29/2023

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