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  • That the song "Yes, we have no bananas" has to do with the slow ruin of a previous popular banana variety called the Gros Michel - a variety that succumbed to Panama disease and got replaced by our current fave variety called the Cavendish - which is also slowly getting infected with disease?

    green LA girl

  • You probably have the Gros Michel variety in mind.

    'Beatrice and Virgil'

  • So by the 1960s, the Gros Michel that United Fruit had packaged as The One True Banana was dead.

    Johann Hari: Why Bananas are a Parable For Our Times

  • There has been already a case when a variety has been almost completely wiped out: the Gros Michel bananas succumbed to Panama disease in the 1950s. joe smith 11:15 am on January 23, 2009 | # | Reply in the early days of mass deforestation in the pacific north west, the only type of tree planted in the cuts was a single cultivar of pine.


  • Our great-grandparents grew up eating not the Cavendish but the Gros Michel banana, a variety that everyone agreed was tastier.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • By 1960, the Gros Michel was essentially extinct and the banana industry nearly bankrupt.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • After plowing through enormous tracts of virgin rain forest, only to find the virus following wherever they went, growers were finally forced to replace the Gros Michel.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • The previous popular variety in the 60s and before was the Gros Michel.

    Weekend Herb Blogging #68

  • Utenzi - Thanks for adding a bit about the Gros Michel.

    Banana Crumb Muffins | Baking Bites

  • To add emphasis to your words, the example of Gros Michel can be given.

    Banana Crumb Muffins | Baking Bites


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