June 6, 2015


tindok - (tin-dok; Cebuano fruit) [n.] a giant plantain (sc.name: Musa paradisiaca var. magna).
a.k.a. tandok in Cebuano
tenduk or tunduk  in Teduray, Lambangian, Dulangan, and Manobo

We found these few pieces of tindok banana in the grocery section of SM Makati in Ayala Center of Makati City way back in 2009.

A very long and large variety of cooking banana fruit.

Its digit is about a foot long or more or about the size of a man's arm. Elongated and commonly a bit curved in form with thick green banana peel.

The length and size of this banana are even more than that of Margette's arm.
Yes, the one she is holding weighs more than a kilo, and it is priced quite expensive in 2009.The stickers says it is from Dole, a clue that  most likely this came from Mindanao.

The tindok plant bears a bunch of fruit that only has around three clusters with about a dozen of digits in each cluster.

This banana is rich in potassium and only good when cooked. It can also be broiled or made into fried chips.

I found the following photos in FB and they are worth sharing:

A trunk of tindok with a bunch of giant fruits - photo credit to Aveen Acuna-Gulo's FB account
This one is captioned with "Per Datu Leticio Datuwata, some fruits grow to be 4 inches  in diameter (photo by 9gag)- photo credit to Aveen Acuna-Gulo's FB account
A pile of tindok at the Bagsakan, Valencia Public Market, Valencia City, Bukidnon - photo credit to Aveen Acuna-Gulo's FB account
A bunch of tindok by Child Andrade Peteros of Hindang, Leyte - photo credit to Child Andrade Peteros' FB account 

Personal notes:

Tindok is not a giant lakatan.  Jiggy Manicad of Unang Balita (GMA News Online) mistook tindok as giant lakatan in his June 5, 2015 news report "Puno ng saging sa Bulacan, nagbunga ng 'giant lakatan

Related post:
Freaky bananas that baffled local news media and agriculturists

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