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May 7, 2009 05:46 PM

Where to buy Gros Michel bananas?

Does anyone know where I can buy Gros Michel bananas? I would like to see what they taste like. I found through Google that FL has served them, but I'd like to be able to just buy the banana.


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  1. It doesn't taste any different than the Cavendish If you wait a few years, the Cavendish will once again be replaced by the Gros Michel in the supermarket.

    5 Replies
      1. re: rworange

        There are many less than honest (and honest but just confused) banana sellers. Sorry that you got some fake Gros Michels that tasted like a Cavendish ... they probably were Cavendish or a FHIA hybrid. A real Gros Michel has more flavor and aroma than a Cavendish, also the skin is thicker & tougher and more resistant to bruising. Background for those new to this topic: Most of the Gros Michels in the world were wiped out in the early '60s by Panama disease. The replacement is called Cavendish, a blander, more tender banana. It is likely that Panama Disease race 4 will wipe out most commercial Cavendish production in 5-10 years. What the replacement for this will be is still anyone's guess. But the replacement will not be Gros Michel, it is no more resistant than it was 50 years ago and the old disease is still out there.

        1. re: cm64

          Since I was alive during the period when Gros Michels were wiped out, no one noticed when the Cavendish took over. No one was asking, what is wrong with bananas these days? If there was a superiority, it was very subtle. My understanding is there is a new breed of Gros Michels being developed to take over which is why restaurants like French Laundry have them on the menu occasionally.

          1. re: rworange

            There is a great book covering all this and more - called Banana
            Very interesting read

            1. re: takuhead

              I just read an article on the internet that the Gros Michel banana was transplanted in the Congo more than 50 years ago, prior to the disease outbreak, and has been cultivated successfully since. I would love to find if this variety of banana is being imported to the US, and where I could buy them. I too, would love to trry it.

      2. I do not know where to buy them, but to reply to some other posters - for what it's worth -
        I remember well the gros michel
        the flavor, the texture, the size, the smell
        They really were a lot better
        though sometimes hard to peel
        Too ripe and s q u i s h
        baby food
        But then when just slightly green
        they had a flavor kind of in between
        Firmer, still tasty and easier to peel
        they were perfect for a little boy's lunch meal
        I miss the gros michel