Baby bananas, or “bananitos” belong to the same family as the common banana, but only grow to 7 cm in length. Unlike common bananas, baby bananas grow in regions with moderate climate, between 1,000 and 1,500 MASL. Bananitos are known for their delicious taste, much sweeter than common bananas. While ripening, the fruits turn from green to yellow, finally becoming an intense yellow and developing a slightly soft texture when fully-ripe and ready for consumption.
The Bananito plant grows up to 4.5 meters tall. Bananitos do not grow from a seed, but from a bulb or rhizome and require 9 to 12 months from planting to harvesting. The banana flower appears in the sixth or seventh month. Unlike fruits like apples that have a growing season, bananas are available throughout the year.
Banana plants thrive in tropical regions with an average temperature of 27°C and an annual rainfall between 2,000 and 2,500 mm. Most exported bananas are grown within 30° of the equator. These plants need rich, dark, fertile and well-drained soil in addition to constant humidity.