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Seeb
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Posted - 08/03/2019 :  10:39:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Obie

I see evidence that a gmo banana plant is viable.

University of Hawaii research .


There is a protest for next week. but who will have a bigger turn out - the tin foil hats or the followers of the banana god
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rainyjim
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Posted - 08/03/2019 :  12:08:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Obie can you share where you saw about a gmo banana?
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Midnight Rambler
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Posted - 08/03/2019 :  12:35:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by BillyB

The reason the Cavendish does not taste as good is because they are picked very green, stored in chilled an inert gas like argon and then gassed with ethylene gas to make it turn yellow.



Nope, you can buy local Cavendish from the farmer's market and they still taste like crap. The variety is grown because it ships and stores well (unlike apple bananas which get soft and brown, although they still taste good in that state), and those qualities outweigh taste.
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rainyjim
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Posted - 08/03/2019 :  12:39:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Taste is subjective, cavendish is a favorite of many.
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BillyB
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Posted - 08/03/2019 :  17:14:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

"Nope, you can buy local Cavendish from the farmer's market and they still taste like crap."

Perhaps the guy at the farmers market got them from Hilo Produce, who got them from Ecuador.
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terracore
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Posted - 08/17/2019 :  07:49:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
More bad news, now there's a fungus among us. Well not in Hawaii (yet) but it's jumped an ocean:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/08/16/751499719/devastating-banana-fungus-arrives-in-colombia-threatening-the-fruits-future
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