Seed Industry

Banana Variety Karpuravalli (ABB)

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10 December 2023, New DelhiBanana Variety Karpuravalli (ABB) is also known as Karpura Vazhai, Kostha Bontha, Boodi Bale, Kanthali, Boodida Bukkisa, and Banria. It is a popular variety grown in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and other North Eastern states where weather conditions are too extreme.

The duration of the crop is 14 months. The bunch is cylindrical and the average bunch weight is 25 kg and 12 hands with 185 fruits/bunch. The length of the fruit is 12-15 cm and the girth is 12 cm. The fruits are slightly ash coated with good keeping quality. The skin of the fruit is thin.

Fruits have a long shelf life and are suited for long-distance transportation. Fruits are very sweet with a TSS of 30-32° B. Pulp is ivory white to pale yellow.

The sweetish pulp is suited for the preparation of various value-added products viz., “Juice’, ‘Fig’, ‘Wine’, Sweet Chutney’, ‘Banana Fruit Bars’, etc. The male bud of this variety is highly relished as a vegetable and for making ‘thokku’ a type of pickle that is highly delicious.

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