Along with Iholena bananas, they are sometimes referred to as Pacific plantains, a practice that perpetuates the confusion surrounding the word plantain. Plantain is the name of a subgroup, not a generic word for cooking bananas, even if they belong to the AAB genome group.
The cultivars in this subgroup are best recognized by their sausage-shape fruits. The fruits of the Popoulu bananas tend to fatter and shorter than those of the Maoli ones.
Types and cultivars