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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:20 pm    Post subject: The Black Banana Tree. Reply with quote

I call it the Black Banana Tree because in the winter its leaves are gone and hanging from its branches are seed pods exactly like black bananas.

Does anyone know its correct name? Picture is of a seedling two years old. I got the seeds from Extremadura.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer Orange bananas


" Orange banana to boost kids' eyes

* 10:00 10 July 2004 by Andy Coghlan

It looks like a fat carrot, but it is actually a banana. And it is so rich in precursors to vitamin A that researchers hope it could prevent children from going blind in the Pacific islands of Micronesia.

Dubbed the "karat" because of its bright orange flesh, the unusual banana has been used for centuries in Micronesia to wean infants onto solid food. But today it is rarely eaten there, as imported foods have grown in popularity.

That now looks set to change. A screening programme sponsored by the agriculture ministry of Pohnpei, a Micronesian island, has established that the karat is unusually rich in beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A.

The hope is that the fruit could now be routinely given to children deficient in this vitamin, to help them avoid developing certain kinds of blindness.
Ripe and raw

Lois Englberger of the Island Food Community of Pohnpei and Adelino Lorens of the Pohnpei ministry of agriculture screened 21 cultivars of native banana all selected for their deeply hued yellow, orange or red flesh, a result of high levels of carotenoids.

They found that 15 of them contained enough carotenoids to supply half of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, if consumed as part of a typical diet. The karat was the most promising cultivar studied, and had more than 25 times as much beta-carotene as the traditional Cavendish banana.

Steam-boiling karats makes more carotenoids available to the body. But they can also be eaten ripe and raw, says "
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks like Sophora tetra petra
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

michael brenock wrote:
looks like Sophora tetra petra
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Thank you Michael.

Would you know anything about it? Info on the internet is on the scarce side of scarce.

I only saw it in the first week of January in Extremadura when it was bare but had these stunning black seed pods that looked like black bananas. Naturally I reached out and stuck a few pods into my pocket. Smile Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just in case your going to be reading up on it or anything it should be Sophora tetraptera.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I've found what it is.

I think it's a Carob Tree http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carob but then I could easily be wrong.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Th decription of the "black banana" made me think of the Carob, Ceratonia siliqua, a good chewing gum substitute, amonst very many other things, but I thought the leaflets looked rather small, but it is a very young plant.
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