Pohnpei bananas. A photo collection: carotenoid-rich varieties

  • Authors : Englberger, L.; Lorens, A.

  • Document type : Book

  • Year of publication : 2004

  • Publisher(s) : Island Food Community of Pohnpei

  • ISBN : 982-00-0038-6

  • Pages : 28

  • Language(s) : English

  • Abstract : Studies have shown that yellow or orange coloration of the edible flesh is a good indication of high carotenoid content in bananas. Pohnpeians are encouraged to plant and consume more of the high carotenoid types in order to help protect themselves and their families against vitamin A deficiency, anemia, diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. At a Farmers Meeting in October 2003, 42 banana cultivars were documented for Pohnpei. Photographs of 31 cultivars are included in this collection. The cultivars with the highest carotenoid content are presented first in the photo collection, followed by the cultivars of lower carotenoid content. Some of these bananas are rare, so Pohnpei Agriculture has initiated a project for producing banana-planting material for distribution. The list of bananas prepared at the October 2003 Farmers Meeting and some comments by Pohnpei farmers on those bananas are provided on the following pages. Common names vary for some bananas, depending on location on the island and people's opinions. There are also various spellings for some banana names, due to people's opinions and different spelling systems. This listing uses the spellings of Regt and Sohl (1979) (some names in the photographs have variant spellings). (Author's abstract).


  • Open access : Yes

  • Document on publisher's site : open View article on publisher's site

  • Musalit document ID : IN040460

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