True plantains

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Plantain subgroup
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Genus Musa
Species Musa × paradisiaca
Hybrid parentage M. acuminata × M. balbisiana
Cultivar group AAB Group, Plantain subgroup
Origin Southeast Asia, South Asia

"True" plantains are a group of cultivated varieties (cultivars) of the genus Musa (bananas and plantains) placed in the Plantain subgroup of the AAB genome group. The term "plantain" is also used in other senses. It can refer to all the banana cultivars which are normally eaten after cooking, rather than raw, for which see cooking plantain, or to members of some other subgroups of Musa cultivars, such as the Pacific plantains.[1]

Cultivars of true plantains include: French plantain, Green French banana, Horn plantain, Nendran banana, Pink French banana, and Tiger banana.


  1. ^ Ploetz, R.C.; Kepler, A.K.; Daniells, J. & Nelson, S.C. (2007), "Banana and Plantain: An Overview with Emphasis on Pacific Island Cultivars", in Elevitch, C.R., Species Profiles for Pacific Island Agroforestry, Hōlualoa, Hawai'i: Permanent Agriculture Resources (PAR), retrieved 2013-01-10