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Winter Banana apple

Last updated 10 Nov 2012.

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Current rating: 4.0 out of 5. Total votes cast: 10
 

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28 Jul 2013 
The house we moved into when I was a child had two of these trees, which produced a bumper crop of delicious apples yearly until fifteen years later when they were taken out by a lightning storm. No banana flavor/smell, but very sweet, dense flesh, light pineapple tones, PERFECT for apple pies and eating fresh, in my opinon. Stores great in the freezer, and if you keep them in cooler temps they store for four to five months easy. I will be planting two if I can find them - wonderful apple.


07 Apr 2013 
winter banana is named for the color and the ridges running up the sides, that resemble those on a banana. Late ripening, and a very orderly growth habit, requires little pruning.


26 Jan 2013 
I was pleasantly surprised by this apple: pretty fair for eating. I didn't get any banana overtones which is fine with me as I can't stand bananas!


05 Oct 2011 
These are the best apples. The flavor--weather they taste like bananas or not--is fabulous. They're big, they're great for fresh eating or cooking, and they keep if kept cold. Love them. My neighbor has a beautiful old tree and I hope to add one to my orchard this year.


22 Sep 2011 
Rauchtown, PA has the winter banana apple ... if were close


24 Jul 2011 
As a child living in Massachusetts, I remember my family would pack up and head off to apple orchards during the colder months of the year. One time we ended up at this apple orchard in New Hampshire and I tried an apple I never heard of. It was named "Winter Banana: but I do not remember it tasting like banana. To me it was more like pineapple and was a favorite of mine (only found this one time). I would be interested in knowing if it is available within a 100 mile radius of S. PA (near York, PA). Maybe I will grow it if I have room after my 2012 order is planted. Thanks!


21 Jan 2011 
You can find Winter Banana Apples (for shipment within the continental US only) at www.starkbros.com


21 Jan 2011 
where can I buy a winter banana apple tree?


28 Oct 2010 
Where can I purchase a Winter Banana Tree?


24 Sep 2010 
I have worked at an apple orchard for many years, I always thought it was a "ficticious" name for an apple that is used here for pollinating only.


14 Sep 2010 
I've been eating this apple since I was a child. I don't know where the banana comes from , maybe the color? They keep till spring if refrigerated. My very favorite!


15 May 2010 
Certain pear varieties can be grafted onto this. Apple-and-pear trees were available at one time from Deacon's nursery, i.o.w.


17 Aug 2009 
I find winter banana to be a much better cooking than eating apple. The flesh is very dense. I think it is one of the most beautiful apples in our orchard, but not the best eating apple.


06 May 2009 
I have tasted this tree in the 60's and 70's till the tree had been taken down. It was very old. We had 4 different types of apple trees. Our family house had been built in 1790, and there was an orchard with over 500 apple trees just above our house during that same time period. It truly tasted like a banana, and was yellow in color. I wish to taste one once again.


14 Nov 2008 
This is one of my favorite apples in our orchard, for its sweetness and unique flavor. Although I wouldn't necessarily peg the flavor as "banana" these apples do have an aromatic perfume that is unlike most others. I have been rehabilitating several 80 year old trees of this cultivar after decades of neglect, and they are beginning to bear nicely on renewed fruit spurs. The fruit itself is very attractive, a warm yellow color with red blemishes on one side. Crisp and never mealy, this is an apple to eat right off the tree! Perhaps the connotation of 'Banana' also comes from its yellowish color?



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Named for the alleged banana-like flavour.

Winter Banana phototape

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: Indiana, United States
  • Introduced: 1870s
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1204
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession number: 1921-094
  • We are grateful to Brogdale Farm - home of the UK National Fruit Collection - for providing samples of this variety.

Identification

  • Flesh colour: White
  • Fruit size: Very large
  • Bultitude apple group: 5. Yellow, smooth, sweet or acidic

Using

  • Harvest period: Late season

Growing

  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899

Climate

  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Chilling: Low-chill

Disease resistance

  • Cedar apple rust  - Very susceptible

References and further reading about this variety

  • Cedar-Apple Rust  
    Author: Stephen Vann, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture (FSA7538)
    Rated as highly susceptible - control always needed where CAR is prevalent.

Winter Banana identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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Winter Banana identification photos from website visitors


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Fruit tree register

Do you have a tree of this variety in your garden or orchard? If so please register the details here and contribute to our international register of fruit trees.

The following Winter Banana trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.

You can also view these trees on a map.

United States

United Kingdom

Belgium

Canada

Australia

  • Hayden in WINSLOW, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA


Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2014 season

  • 23rd May  2014  - tree owned by Mark in LEYBURN, United Kingdom
  • 14th April  2014  - tree owned by Pip in RYE, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • 15th May  2013  - tree owned by Pip in RYE, United Kingdom
  • 3rd April  2013  - tree owned by Libba in ALBUQUERQUE, United States

2012 season

  • May  2012  - tree owned by Johan in GENT, Belgium
  • 4th April  2012  - tree owned by Pip in RYE, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • May  2011  - tree owned by Kris in HOLDEN, United States
  • 21st April  2011  - tree owned by Pip in RYE, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 10th May  2010  - tree owned by Johan in GENT, Belgium

2009 season

  • September  2009  - tree owned by Pip in RYE, United Kingdom
  • 18th April  2009  - tree owned by Dave in Camas, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2014 season

  • October  2014  - tree owned by Pip in RYE, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • October  2013  - tree owned by Pip in RYE, United Kingdom
  • September  2013  - tree owned by Libba in ALBUQUERQUE, United States

2012 season

  • 2nd week October  2012  - tree owned by George in WOODLAND, United States
  • October  2012  - tree owned by Pip in RYE, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • October  2011  - tree owned by Pip in RYE, United Kingdom
  • October  2011  - tree owned by Kris in HOLDEN, United States

2010 season

    2009 season

    • 2nd week September  2009  - tree owned by Dave in Camas, United States

    Where to buy apple trees

    The following fruit tree nurseries offer Winter Banana apple trees for sale:

    • Cummins Nursery
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