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The lakatan is considered the elite of the banana varieties, the preferred  kind to be served on the buffet table.  The lakatan is also the banana for fruit salads and banana splits and shakes.

I understand bananas in Manila are already sold by the piece.  Here in Iloilo, we can have it per kilo.  Lakatan bananas sourced at the public markets of Iloilo, such as the historic Jaro Market, sells for P25.00 to P30.00 per kilo. 

Marketing tip:  Don’t shun the blemished lakatan.  Those are the organic ones, naturally grown.  The really clean ones have undergone “dermatological” treatment (pesticides as the astringent).  These are the ones grown in huge plantations in Mindanao.

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