Musa velutina, a.k.a. Pink Banana. Diploid, edible wild banana species from Assam and the eastern Himalayas. Its fruits are 3 in long, pink, and fuzzy and are borne on erect flower stalks with a pink inflorescence. Musa velutina flowers at a young age, doing so within a year. The fruits peel back when ripe. Often grown as an ornamental, the fruits are indeed edible and have a soft, sweet flesh. The seeds are quite tough and can chip a tooth so be mindful when biting into! To sow, first scarify the seed coat with sandpaper or a nail file then soak the seeds in warm water for 24 hours. They should be planted in fine compost and kept at a constant temperature of 20°-24 °C (68 to 75.2F) with full natural light. They may take up to 6 months to germinate but scarification greatly increases germination percentage. Plants may be placed outside during warmer months in temperate climates and may be mulched or planted near the house to overwinter. In Zones 8 and up, this is a perennial. ~10 seeds per packet.

Wild Pink Banana