10 December 2023, New Delhi: It is a widely cultivated variety for processing. Monthan is a fairly tall and robust plant bearing bunches of 18-20 kg after 12 months. Fruits are bold, stocky, knobbed, and pale green.
The skin is usually green. The new prolific ‘Monthan’ type clones of economic value namely ‘Kanchi Vazhai’ and ‘Chakkia’ are recently becoming popular in Tamil Nadu. Apart from its culinary use of fruits, pseudostem core is a highly relished vegetable with many medicinal properties. Monthan is also cultivated for the production of leaves in Trichy and Tanjore districts of Tamil Nadu.
It has many desirable qualities like immunity to Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV) diseases, salt tolerance, and normal bunch mass even under marginal conditions, but it is highly susceptible to Fusarium wilt disease.
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