There are two varieties of banana which are native to Thailand. The most common one is Namwah Banana. Tani Banana, the native bananas may be important germplasm for banana breeding programs.
Namwah Banana called kluai Namwah in Thailand. Bananas are native to Southeast Asia.
As well as being a popular fruit worldwide, bananas are also one of the most nutritious of all foods. Bananas are a source of energy-producing carbohydrates, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate, dietary fibre and antioxidants. Bananas have no fat, cholesterol or salt.
Because they provide sustaining energy, bananas are a favourite food for active children and adults, including athletes and sports players.
In Thailand, bananas are grown in tropical region. This ensures the industry is diverse in terms of the geographical location of banana farms, farming practices, the size and type of farms that grow bananas, the varieties of bananas grown and their flavour.
The Namwah banana-growing regions of Thailand produce most of Thailand’s bananas.
Nnawah banana trees are native to tropical areas of Thailand and are adapted to steady amounts of rain over a long season. Because the leaves are so large, their evapotranspiration rate is quite high. Consequently, they generally do not do well in areas with a pronounced dry season of 2.5 months or more without irrigation. Pronounced drought will retard growth and will result in leaves that burn along the edges. For best results, the general rule of thumb is 1-3″ of water per week.