Manzano Banana

January 25th, 2010 | Fruit Maven

If your new year’s resolution was to increase your ability to wait and wait and wait and wait and… wait, then this is the fruit for you!

APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★★☆

Totally cute, small, yellow banana with pale, off-white flesh.

AROMA Rating: ★★★★☆

Strong, flowery, banana fragrance with a little bit of something bright, maybe pineapple.

TEXTURE Rating: ★★★☆☆

Soft with a cool feel. Dry!

TASTE Rating: ★★★★½

Yummy combination of banana and pineapple and maybe a bit of strawberry.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

This is a diva of a banana if ever I saw one. You have to wait to eat it until the skin is black (not just a little black: BLACK) otherwise it is just “blah” with a tannic aftertaste. But, if you wait (and I mean WAIT – like three weeks well past what you think is a reasonable wait for a banana) then you will be rewarded with a tropical disco in your mouth — smooth, creamy, pineapply, strawberry, banana love. Oh and then the taste will linger and linger until eventually you think, “What is that weird flavor in my mouth? Oh – Is it STILL that banana? Good lord!” (This banana made me wait so long to eat it that I am overwhelmed with the use of ALLCAPS).






All Year




Grocery Store


Some think the banana is good for fertility (hmm), while others are so convinced that the banana is bad luck that they won’t even let their comrades wear fruit of the loom undies.  These seem like a tragic confluence of the two.


If you like bananas, have you seen this? That has to be the craziest and most pointless kitchen tool I’ve seen yet. I would love to hear more about the bananas you’ve tried as well as crazy kitchen tools you have or use. You can see the very short list of kitchen tools I like here.


Orinoco Bananas


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  • Amy Dec 21, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I love your site!! And I LOVE these tiny bananas, with their tangy, apple-y flavor. They’re a thousand times better than the “normal” kind. I used to eat them all the time when I lived in Hawaii, where they actually sell these at the regular grocery store. They’re so worth the wait.

  • D jacobs Mar 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks for the info on this fruit . I bought a few bundles n thought id give em a try but the have yet to get ripe so thought I’d do some research before I thought they werr rotten n pointless to buy again.

  • Davina Mar 18, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    thanks for posting this! I just bought a bunch of manzanos. I ate one thinking it was ripe (it would have been by Cavendish standards) and was wondering whether they were cooking bananas. Now I know what to look forward to, I’ll be patient!

  • Fruit Maven Apr 19, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I hope y’all liked them after they ripened!

  • jojo Jan 17, 2012 at 6:51 am

    nice banana

  • DFG Apr 18, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks! I got some of these and thought they were ripe, could not figure out what the heck was wrong with them. Ah well, a little time in a bag on the counter and they will be yummy!

  • francie Apr 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I live in the Caribbean and I have a bunch of these trees (or weeds, whatevs) in my front yard. I never knew what they were called until I googled and eventually found this article. “Tropical disco in your mouth” – hysterical. Also, one of my plants is blooming now so come by in a few months to get some of these awesome bananas!

  • Fruit Maven May 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Hi DFG and Francie – Glad I could help! I love these little guys.

  • CBFWFM Nov 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    hey guys love to carry these amazing bananas could anybody please post some of the companies names that are producing these wonderful bananas. Thanks

  • Nick Oct 1, 2014 at 6:59 am

    I have a bunch of these in my home in Florida. I found that if you cut the entire vine and let them ripen upside down on the vine for a while and then pull off the bunches and let those ripen, that they retain their color and make for a better taste (less starchy) in my opinion.

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