This is another "old-timer" banana which is now no longer easily found at the markets. It is most often eaten raw and has a lighter albeit sweet taste. It is a medium sized banana and when ripe has brown/black patterns over it;s yellow skin making it appear like a batik design on the skin hence the its other name - pisang batik.
This is one of the few varieties of banana that should fully ripen on the tree. It takes a longer time to mature and ripen as opposed to other varieties as it takes over 4 months from the inflorescence to ready-to-eat fruit but is well worth the wait. When the fruit is unripe it is green in color. The brown/black patterns only appear when it is mature and almost ripe. By the time the fruit is ready for harvest, all the leaves would have already dried out. A healthy plant should produce about 10-12 sisir (bunch of bananas) weighing about 10-15kg in total.
I do not recommend eating the inflorescence (jantung) as it has a bitter taste. When the fruit is ripe, it can be used as the main ingredient in making a banana cake. It has just the right moisture content resulting in a deliciously moist banana cake. Due to its higher sugar content and texture, it doesn't work well when turned into banana fritters as it will soak up a lot of oil. It teams up well with ice creams making it a good choice for banana splits.