Top 12 Types of Banana Grown in India

Bananas are the fourth-most cultivated crop in the world, such a large and important crop in many tropical regions also has importance as a staple crop as well as a cash crop. Here is the list of most popular types of Banana found in different parts of India.

Robusta Banana


The Robusta Bananas are the semi-tall variety of banana that is mostly grown in Southern states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and some parts Maharashtra.

Rasthali Banana


Rasthali Banana are known a good source of iron, potassium and other health benefits. This variety of banana are also popular for its sweet flavor, soft texture, and numerous culinary uses.

Poovan Banana

Poovan Banana is most popular in South Indian states and are delicious,short is size and round shape bananas. These short and round bananas grown in many of the southern states of India.

Jalgaon Banana – GI Tag


Jalgaon Banana is the leading and one of the most commonly cultivated commercial bananas in India. The city of Jalgaon is known as the Banana City of India and also called the Gold City of Maharashtra.

Nanjanagud Banana – GI Tag

Nanjangud banana is famous for its unique taste and aroma, This variety of banana grown in and around the area of Mysore in Karnataka. The Nanjangud banana is a tropical plant and drastically changed the taste and aroma, now registered under geographical indicators in India.

Virupakshi Banana

The virupakshi banana is a thick-skinned angular banana, found only in the Palani hills of Dindigul district in Tamil Nadu. Virupakshi hill banana is a rare GI Tag product grown at a height of 2000 to 5000 feet.

Yelakki Banana


Yelakki Bananas are called as Elaichi bananas because of small in size as compare to regular-sized banana but equally nutritious. Elaichi Yelakki bananas is also one of the most commonly cultivated commercial bananas in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.


Red Banana – GI Tag


Kamalapur Red Banana is a special variety of Red banana with reddish-purple skin, exclusively grown in the valley of Kamalapur village in Karnataka. The horticultural product is also protected under the Geographical Indications and known as a rich man’s fruit.

Malbhog Banana

Bananas are one of the staple crop in Northeast India and there are list of different variety of banana found in Assam with unique flavor and texture. Kathal banana,Musa nagalandiana, Gogoi banana and Musa mannii are few listed known types of Banana found in Assam.

Chiniya Kela from the Hajipur is now become famous for its small size and taste. The small but healthy banana variety of Hajipur also get the Geographical Indications tag.

Monthan Banana


Monthan Banana fruit are cultivated for culinary purpose along with Chakkia banana, They are most popularly used to make snacks and foods itme such as Banana chips, Banana slice, banana bajji and other items.

Changalikodan Banana

Changalikodan Nendran Banana known as Changalikodan cultivated in Thrissur district of Kerala. The banana variety of Changalikodan got Geographical indication registration from the Geographical Indications registry.

Grand Nain Banana

Grand Nain banana is one of the most commonly cultivated bananas from AAA Group and main product of Chiquita Brands. There are many local communities and economies are based upon Grand Nain Banana production and exportation.

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