banana may be grouped into five main categories.
Desert banana consisting of table varieties for consumption as such after they are ripe eg Champa (Poovan), Rasthali (Marathaman), Robusta (Harichal), Dwarf Cavendish , Grand Neyne, Shrimanti, etc.
Culinary bananas can be used only after cooking such as Monthan, Banket etc.
Varieties suitable for making chips Nendran.
Varieties for jam making eg Virupkshia
Varieties fit for making powders such as Kunnan
Western and Central India – Basarai, Harichal.
Southern India – Poovan, Dwarf Cavendish, Robusta, Nendran, Rasthali, Chakkarakeli, Virupakshi, Monthan.
Northern India – Champa, Rasthali, Bankel, Batheesa, Kothia.
Eastern India – Kabali, Champa, kothia, Batheesa, Marthaman, Amrit Sagar.