POSTHARVEST CHARACTERISTICS AND QUALITIES OF SELECTED BANANA (MUSA SPP.) CULTIVARS IN OMAN
Yield, fruit morphology, postharvest characteristics and qualities of five, locally grown, banana (Musa spp.) cultivars (Somali, Malindi, Williams (AAA genome, Cavendish subgroup), Fard (AAB genome) and Negal (ABB genome) were evaluated at a private farm at Al-Swaiq, Oman. Somali produced the heaviest bunches. There were no significant differences between the other cultivars. Williams had the largest number of hands. Peel color did not vary significantly between the cultivars, though Williams had a tendency toward a greenish fruit color. Malindi had the firmest pulp, while Negal had the softest pulp. The pulp of all cultivars, apart from Negal, had a pH<5, but Negal, followed by Fard had the most acidic taste. Fard was the sweetest, followed by Malindi and Somali. Negal had the lowest total soluble solids:acid ratio. With 20 days, Somali, harvested at 3/4 full stage, had the longest green life of all tested cultivars, while Negal had the shortest shelf life after ripening.
Al-Hosni, A.S., Al-Busaidi, K., Al-Farsi, K., Al-Jabri, M. and Al-Azri, H. (2010). POSTHARVEST CHARACTERISTICS AND QUALITIES OF SELECTED BANANA (MUSA SPP.) CULTIVARS IN OMAN. Acta Hortic. 879, 407-411