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Musa 'Nakitengwa' - Highland Beer Banana

Nakitengwa is one of the " East African Highland Bananas ", distinguishable by the numerous glossy black blotches on the pseudostem. Within this grouop, it is a "Beer Banana", and its fruits are traditionally (and now industrially) used for making banana beer.

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Nakitengwa is placed in the group of " East African Highland Bananas ", originating from the African Great Lakes region. They are easily distinguishable from other bananas by the numerous black (or more rarely brown or bronze) blotches on their pseudostems, giving them the appearance of polished metal. These black blotches are also found in some of the rare Fehi bananas.

A few (14) of these Highland Bananas are "Beer Bananas", also called "Mbidde" and their fruits are usually used for making banana beer. Their unprocessed pulp is bitter and astringent with sticky brown excretions.

The fruits of Nakitengwa can be used for brewing beer. They can also be eaten when ripe and they are sweet and tasty. They can't be stored for long after ripening because they start to ferment (!) and they also don't dehydrate well.

What do we ship?

We ship a stout rooted sucker, not a potted plant. You will receive it with the corm wrapped in a bag with moist sphagnum or perlite.

In spring, suckers may not have roots. In this case, suckers are easy to root if temperatures are kept between 20 and 30 C.

Cultivation Protected
Plant origin Asia
Presentation Bare root
Botanical family Musaceae
Plant type Herbaceous
Care Pot
Shape Perennials