Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Giant Jungle Banana (Saba)



giant banana sabaA few weeks ago, I came across a unique banana that I was told came from deep in the mountains that divides the provinces of Zambales and Tarlac. Though it appeared to be related to the Musa Saba cultivar, it is significantly larger.


This giant variety of Saba banana approaches a foot in length---the largest I have ever seen. And its diameter is considerably larger than the plantain, as is visibly clear in the picture. The taste is also quite unique. Neither does it taste like regular banana nor does it taste like the typical Saba variety. It actually has a richer taste akin to cake and vanilla flavoring and a softer/fluffier texture compared to other bananas (quite hard to describe).

If any of my readers is aware of the specific name of this type of banana or knows more about it, please leave a comment (as I was not able to find any such banana on the net).

It remains a mission of mine to venture deep into the terrain where this fruit, as well as others, are rumored exist.

8 comments:

Deej Ecdao said...

I grew up in Zambales so I am familiar with SABA. This is the same banana which can be an ingredient in "Nilaga" and some other dishes.

Sometimes, a banana like this can have lots of seeds so it's kinda weird.

PS: When you post, you post a lot! :D

ABoyNamedXander said...

this is delicious specially when your making a "maruya" or banana-q

Anonymous said...

hindi ito yung normal na saba... ibang klase ito eh... kumakain din ako ng saba, but this variety is HUGE in comparison... i'll try to ask around and see if anyone knows about this... i'll get back to you dave

Ollie said...

enough potassium! ^^

Anonymous said...

what i know is sizes depends on its genes. we have a lot like that in our province, we even harvest it when we visit during summer. it is quite huge, so sweet especially when it is quite over riped. it can be fried and you dont have to add sugar to enhance its sweetness. onced fried, inuulam namin, hehehe (Not buo of course just like the banana cue, we slice it lengthwise then fry it). as for the seeds, yes sometimes there is. My grandmother told me before that the reason why a banana sometimes has seeds is because when it was taken down from its trunk, nailagay iyon sa mabatong bahagi kaya nagkabuto. I dont know if that is true and it is a silly hypothesis, i was amused when my grandma said that and everytime we help her harvest, she gots angry when we just drop the saba in stony areas. Such a taste of old folk beliefs, but i do remember my grandma with those. i always remember her when i see saba around and check if it has seeds, LOL. and David, you can also have the benefit of natural fiber through the saba's peel. you know, you can scratch the inner peel (With a spoon or just your teeth) and eat it. we do that when we were children..old folks dictates, but now i see their point..hehe

arascars

Anonymous said...

You can find the same bigger variety in Kalinga and also in Apayao, especially the sweet one with purlple color of its fruit peels.. iniihaw yan sa Kalinga na hindi hinog para kainin...

Mon said...

Wild saging. I think this fruit has a special pollinator, like maybe bats or insects ince you can find seeds that are huge when you eat it.

Anonymous said...

i am interest to get some purple saba from kalinga, can somebody help me? thanks. txt me 09208236721. thnaks

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