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Lakatan banana

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Cultivar group  AA Group
Origin  Philippines
Cultivar  'Lakatan'
Species  Musa acuminata
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Similar  Latundan banana, Señorita banana, Saba banana, Grand Nain, Musa acuminata

Development of lakatan banana farm

Lakatan bananas, also spelled Lacatan, are diploid banana cultivars from the Philippines. It is one of the most common banana cultivars in the Philippines, along with the Latundan and Saba bananas.


Lakatan bananas should not be confused with the Cavendish banana Masak Hijau, which is also known as "Lacatan" in Latin America and the West Indies.

Taxonomy and Nomenclature

The Lakatan banana is a diploid (AA) Cultivar.

Its official designation is Musa acuminata (AA Group) 'Lakatan'.

Synonyms include:

  • Musa x paradisiaca L. ssp. sapientum (L.) Kuntze var. lacatan Blanco
  • Musa acuminata Colla (Cavendish Group) cv. 'Lacatan'

  • Lakatan banana Lacatan Bananas Del Monte Philippines

    The Cavendish cultivar Masak Hijau is also called "Lacatan" in Latin America and the West Indies. The latter is known as "Bungulan" in the Philippines. To avoid confusion, the Philippine Lakatan is usually spelled with a 'k' in botanical literature, while Masak Hijau is usually spelled with a 'c' (Lacatan) or simply called "Jamaican Lacatan".


    Lakatan typically grow to a height of five to nine feet. The fruits can be harvested 8 to 12 months after planting. Lakatan is susceptible to the Banana Bunchy Top virus.

    Lakatan fruits are longer and thicker-skinned than the Latundan bananas and turn a characteristic yellow-orange when ripe.


    Lakatan is the most popular dessert banana in the Philippines. It is more expensive than the more common Latundan and Cavendish bananas. Both Latundan and Lakatan, however, are preferred by Filipinos over Cavendish.

    They have higher β-Carotene content than other banana cultivars.


  • Banana bunchy top virus
  • References

    Lakatan banana Wikipedia