|Cultivar group AA Group|
Species Musa acuminata
|Similar Latundan banana, Señorita banana, Saba banana, Grand Nain, Musa acuminata|
Development of lakatan banana farm
Taxonomy and Nomenclature
The Lakatan banana is a diploid (AA) Cultivar.
Its official designation is Musa acuminata (AA Group) 'Lakatan'.
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.