Matti Banana : Granted GI Tag
The Matti banana variety, native to Kanniyakumari district was recently granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
- Matti banana are six known types of the Matti banana and they are indigenous to Kanniyakumari, where it thrives in the unique climate and soil.
- They are known as ‘Baby Banana’ which flourishes mainly in Kalkulam and Vilavancode taluks.
- Even if it takes root and yields in other areas, the fruit will be without the sweet fragrance and honey-like taste unique to the Matti bananas grown in Kanniyakumari.
- Unlike typical banana bunches that grow straight, the Matti’s fingers exhibit a distinct wind-blown appearance.
- Its low total soluble solids content (TSSC) recommends it as a baby food.
- Types of Matti Banana:
- Nal Matti boasts a yellowish-orange colour and fine aroma, while Theyn [honey] Matti’s pulp tastes like honey.
- Kal Matti gets its name from the calcium oxalate crystals forming in its pulp and black dots on the skin.
- Nei Matti exudes the aroma of ghee, and Sundari Matti, a Matti clone, with its elongated fingers, thick peel, and creamy white rind, is facing extinction.