The Honduras Banana has become a favorite for visitors to Sarian Farm to take their picture with. Just like Health Secretary Enrique Ona who visited the nursery last Sunday, June 23, 2013.
Visitors are truly fascinated by the big developing bunch which at last count has 20 hands, each hand averaging 20 fingers.
The variety is called FHIA 18 which means it was developed by the Fundacion Hondureño de Investigacion Agricola. It was brought to the Philippines by Bioversity International and it has been proven to grow well under local conditions.
It develops a big pseudostem which enables it to carry a heavy bunch.
The fruits are not only good for eating as fresh ripe fruit. The mature green fruits are said to be excellent for making banana chips.