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Apple bananas (also called Tundan, Silk bananas, Pisang raja sereh, Manzana bananas or Latundan bananas), are triploid hybrid banana cultivars from the Philippines. It is one of the most common banana cultivars in the Philippines, along with the Lacatan and Saba bananas.[1]


In older classifications, the Latundan cultivar was once the plant referred to as Musa sapientum. It has since been discovered that Musa sapientum is actually a hybrid cultivar of the wild seeded bananas Musa balbisiana and Musa acuminata and not a species.[2]

The Latundan banana is a triploid (AAB) hybrid.[3]

Its official designation is Musa acuminata × balbisiana (AAB Group) ‘Silk’.

Synonyms include:

  • Musa × paradisiaca L. subsp. sapientum (L.) C. E. O. Kuntze
  • Musa × paradisiaca var. dacca (P. F. Horaninow) J. G. Baker ex K. M. Schumann
  • Musa × sapientum L.
  • Musa × paradisiaca L. ssp. sapientum (L.) Kuntze var. cubensis
  • Musa × paradisiaca L.
  • Musa acuminata × balbisiana Colla.
  • Musa cliffortiana L.
  • Musa dacca P. F. Horaninow
  • Musa rosacea N. J. von Jacquin


Latundan bananas typically reach a height of 10 to 13 feet. They require full or partial sun exposure. The flowers are yellow, purple, or ivory in color. The fruits are round-tipped with thin yellow skin that splits once fully ripe. They are smaller than the Lacatan cultivar and the commercially dominant Cavendish bananas.[4][5] They have a slightly acidic, apple-like flavor.[6]


Latundan bananas are popular dessert bananas. They are also cultivated as ornamental plants.


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Written on June 6th, 2012 , Fruits Tags:

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