Matti banana

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The Matti banana variety, native to Kanniyakumari district was recently granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.

About Matti banana: 


  • There are six known types of the Matti banana and they are indigenous to Kanniyakumari, Tamil Nadu, 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.


What is a Geographical Indication Tag?

  • It is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.
  • This is typically used for agricultural products, foodstuffs, wine and spirit drinks, handicrafts and industrial products.
  • The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 seeks to provide for the registration and better protection of geographical indications relating to goods in India.
  • This GI tag is valid for 10 years following which it can be renewed.


Q1) What is Total Soluble Solids?

Total Soluble Solids (TSS) content refers to the concentration of all dissolved solids in a liquid, typically water. These dissolved solids can include a variety of substances such as sugars, salts, minerals, and other organic and inorganic compounds.