Black Banana Cookies x Animal Cookies
Banana Fruit Cake is the ultimate gift, at any time of year. To create this cultivar, Greenpoint Seeds has combined two powerful Cookies varieties—Black Banana Cookies and Animal Cookies—giving growers and users a potent and aromatic hybrid that improves upon the Cookies family of strains.
Black Banana Cookies, the mother of Banana Fruit Cake, is considered one of the finest Cookies hybrids and has gained a large and loyal following among fans of Girl Scout Cookies. Growers love the fast flowering time, fruity flavor, and excellent bag appeal of Black Banana Cookies. Animal Cookies, the other parent of Banana Fruit Cake, is recognized for its powerfully narcotic stone and delicious flavor, which have made it especially popular among users.
To create Banana Fruit Cake, Greenpoint Seeds crossed the rare, clone-only cut of Animal Cookies with Black Banana Cookies. Banana Fruit Cake brings together the best qualities of these two strains—the unique aroma and generous yield of Black Banana Cookies, and the exceptional potency and density of Animal Cookies.
Banana Fruit Cake Strain
Black Banana Cookies
Black Banana Cookies is the mother of Banana Fruit Cake. Although Black Banana Cookies is a relatively new strain, it has earned widespread acclaim. Medical and recreational users love its sweet, fruity aroma and potent effects. Many breeders have used this strain to create powerful and exotic hybrids.
Black Banana Cookies was originally bred by Solfire Gardens in 2017. Solfire received a cutting of OrgnKid’s famous Blackberry Kush from a friend named Ex, who was associated with Exotic Genetics. Solfire used a Banana Fire Cookies male, bred by Relentless Genetics, to pollinate the Blackberry Kush. Solfire named this hybrid Black Banana Cookies.
Solfire then went on an extensive pheno-hunt, germinating 300 seeds of the new hybrid. He selected two plants, referred to as No. 4 and No. 9, as the best of the bunch. Black Banana Cookies No. 9 was his favorite phenotype, as it offered a fast flowering time, large yield, and sweet buds that smelled of tropical fruits.
Black Banana Cookies Lineage
Black Banana Cookies, the mother of Banana Fruit Cake, is a hybrid of the original Blackberry Kush and Banana Fire Cookies. Blackberry Kush is a classic strain that was popularized by OrgnKid, one of the most respected cannabis breeders in the United States. The lineage of Blackberry Kush is unclear. Some growers believe that it is a cross of Purple Rhino and Blackberry. Others suggest that it is a hybrid of DJ Short’s Blueberry and an Afghan male, or a hybrid of Blackberry and OG Kush.
The pedigree of Banana Fire Cookies is well-documented. This strain, developed by Relentless Genetics, is a cross of Banana OG and Fire Cookies. OrgnKid created Banana OG by crossing his renowned Ghost OG with a mysterious strain known as Sagarmatha 60/40. Relentless Genetics then pollinated the Banana OG with the Fire Cookies male to create Banana Fire Cookies. Fire Cookies is a hybrid of Girl Scout Cookies and Fire OG BX1.
Animal Cookies, also referred to as Animal Crackers, is Banana Fruit Cake’s other parent. Animal Cookies is an exceptionally potent cannabis strain that was originally bred in San Fransico by the Cookies Family. The Cookies Family is an illustrious group of breeders that has developed many sought-after strains, including Mochi, Gelato 33, and several others.
The Cookies Family crossed its award-winning phenotype of Girl Scout Cookies with the renowned Fire OG cut to create Animal Cookies. This elite hybrid offers the sweet-and-savory scent of Girl Scout Cookies and the superior vigor and yield of Fire OG. Animal Cookies is widely regarded as being one of the most outstanding representations of the Cookies line. Users report that this powerful cultivar delivers a heavy stone that may provide relief from pain and stress. Animal Cookies’ mouthwatering flavor and unusual potency make this variety a popular choice among many users.
Animal Cookies Lineage
Animal Cookies, the other parent of Banana Fruit Cake, was created by crossing Girl Scout Cookies and Fire OG. Girl Scout Cookies, the mother of Animal Cookies, is said to be a polyhybrid of Durban Poison, Florida OG, and an unknown strain referred to as “F1.”
Fire OG, Animal Cookies’ other parent, is a phenotype of OG Kush that was originally popularized by a breeder known as OG Raskal. It is possible that Fire OG is a cutting of the original OG Kush phenotype that came about in the mid-1990s; however, some growers maintain that it probably is a hybrid or S1 of OG Kush.
Banana Fruit Cake Feminized Cannabis Seeds
To create Banana Fruit Cake, Greenpoint Seeds used the Cookies Family’s clone-only cut of Animal Cookies to pollinate the prized Black Banana Cookies. Banana Fruit Cake offers many phenotypes that exhibit the stellar qualities of both parents. Some phenotypes may provide the well-balanced high and fruity flavor of Black Banana Cookies, and others may share the narcotic stone and sweet-and-sour scent of Animal Cookies.
Banana Fruit Cake is a feminized hybrid. Feminized seeds simplify the growing process by doing away with the need to remove male plants from the garden. Roughly 99.9 percent of feminized seeds produce female plants. This means that growers can be sure that nearly every Banana Fruit Cake seed will produce a sexually stable female cannabis plant.
Banana Fruit Cake Aroma
Black Banana Cookies, the mother of Banana Fruit Cake, is a terpene-rich cultivar that offers a delightfully sweet and fruity fragrance. This variety smells of banana, blackberry, cookie dough, and grape, with subtle hints of gasoline and soil. Some phenotypes take on more of the berry and grape smell, while others lean toward the bouquet of cookie dough and banana.
Animal Cookies emits a complex and pungent aroma that is sweet and sour. This variety provides a rich bouquet of sweet cookie dough, skunk, gasoline, and menthol, with earthy notes of soil and mixed nuts. Hints of cherry, pine, and pepper become apparent after grinding up the dried flowers.
Banana Fruit Cake brings together the fruity aroma of Black Banana Cookies with the sweet, funky bouquet of Animal Cookies, creating a dessert-themed strain that is highly aromatic. Some phenotypes of Banana Fruit Cake may present the tropical fruit aroma of Black Banana Cookies, and others may emit the sweet-and-sour scent of Animal Cookies. Most plants will offer a blend of these scents.
Banana Fruit Cake Flavor
Banana Fruit Cake coats the palate with a fruity and funky flavor. This cultivar tastes of banana, blackberry, and cookie dough, combined with notes of skunk, soil, and menthol. Some plants may taste more of banana and blackberry, and others may share the sweet-and-sour flavor of Animal Cookies.
Banana Fruit Cake Effects
Although Black Banana Cookies is an Indica-dominant strain, its effects are well balanced. This cultivar offers a relaxing and soothing high that can be felt in both the body and mind. Users report that the high starts with a subtle cerebral effect that elevates the mood. This high soon turns into a calming body stone that may ease muscle tension and relieve pain. The balanced mix of Indica and Sativa effects make this variety great for an afternoon smoke.
In contrast, Animal Cookies is known to deliver a body-numbing stone that is highly narcotic. This strain may provide relief from pain, muscle tension, and stress, making it a great choice for medical cannabis users. When consumed in excess, Animal Cookies may leave users feeling ready for a long nap. This cultivar is best enjoyed as a late-night or weekend smoke.
By combining these two strains, Greenpoint Seeds has created a hybrid that provides a well-balanced high that is slightly narcotic. The high starts with a burst of euphoria and melts into a calming and numbing body stone. When consumed in moderation, Banana Fruit Cake is a great choice for an afternoon smoke.
Banana Fruit Cake Structure
Black Banana Cookies is medium to tall in height, with long, lanky branches that often display dark-purple stripes. This variety forms large fan leaves that are attached to red and purple petioles. Black Banana Cookies produces large colas that are heavily caked in trichomes. The flowers are dense and resinous and display dazzling shades of purple and green. This cultivar retains the frost and density of Girl Scout Cookies but provides a larger yield and more robust structure.
Animal Cookies also is medium to tall in height, with elongated branches, long petioles, and small, emerald-green leaves. The leaves usually display striking hues of purple when exposed to cold temperatures. Animal Cookies produces tight clusters of lime-green buds that are flecked with orange hairs and shades of purple in the sugar leaves. The flowers are incredibly dense and coated in a heavy blanket of milky trichomes.
Much like its parents, Banana Fruit Cake is medium to tall in height, with long branches that have significant internodal spacing. This strain forms medium-size colas that are heavily dusted with trichomes. The flowers are dense and frosty, and display hues of lime green and purple. Some Black Banana Cookies-dominant phenotypes may form larger colas than the other plants. Many phenotypes will display shades of purple and red when exposed to cold temperatures.
Growing Banana Fruit Cake
Unlike most Cookies varieties, Black Banana Cookies is easy to cultivate. This strain grows vigorously and is resilient to most pests, diseases, and environmental stressors. Black Banana Cookies can be grown indoors or outdoors, when provided with a temperate climate and moderate humidity. The buds ripen quickly, with some plants reaching maturity in 60 days.
In contrast, Animal Cookies is known to be a demanding strain to grow. This strain is sensitive to environmental stresses and needs ample lighting, a nutrient-rich diet, a steady pH, and a temperate climate to thrive.
As a hybrid of these two strains, Banana Fruit Cake offers the potency and bag appeal of Animal Cookies and the hardiness and vigor of Black Banana Cookies. This variety is easier to grow than Animal Cookies and is resilient to many pests and diseases. Banana Fruit Cake is an adaptable strain and can be grown both indoors and outdoors. When grown outdoors, Banana Fruit Cake favors a temperate climate with low to moderate humidity.
Many phenotypes of Banana Fruit Cake stretch significantly during the flowering period. Growers can control the height of the plants by using high-stress or low-stress training methods such as fimming, topping, and super cropping during the vegetative growth phase. This will serve to limit the stretch and boost the yield of Banana Fruit Cake.
Pest & Disease Control
Banana Fruit Cake is resistant to most pests and diseases, but some plants may be prone to infections of powdery mildew. To prevent powdery mildew infections, growers can regularly prune the leaves, make sure the grow room has lots of airflow, and keep the humidity low. Foliar sprays such as water and sodium bicarbonate solutions may help stop the spread of powdery mildew.
Due to the density of Banana Fruit Cake’s flowers, some phenotypes may be susceptible to bud rot, also known as botrytis. To prevent bud rot from ruining the flowers, growers should avoid overwatering the plants, offer lots of lighting and airflow, and keep the humidity low, particularly during the flowering phase.
Banana Fruit Cake requires a stable pH and an abundant supply of calcium and magnesium. Growers can prevent calcium and magnesium deficiencies by adding a cal-mag supplement to the regular nutrient schedule or amending the growing medium with dolomite lime and Epsom salt. Most growers use a pH meter or pH strips when mixing nutrient solutions. This helps ensure that the plants receive a consistent pH and can absorb the optimum amount of nutrients.
Harvesting & Curing Banana Fruit Cake
Banana Fruit Cake typically finishes flowering in eight to nine weeks. Examining the trichomes with a magnifying glass is one of the most effective ways of determining if they are fully ripe. As the plants mature, the trichomes will turn from clear to milky white. Once they have fully ripened, the trichomes will start to turn amber. Harvesting the plants when the trichomes have turned white and amber will ensure optimal potency and yield.
If Banana Fruit Cake is harvested when the trichomes have not yet turned white, this strain might produce a more invigorating high. Conversely, if it is harvested when most of the trichomes have become amber, the high will typically be more relaxing. This is because, as the plants continue to mature, THC will degrade into CBN—a cannabinoid that tends to deliver a more sedating effect than THC.
Many growers recommend flushing the plants for one to two weeks before harvesting them. A proper flush might improve the flavor of the buds by breaking down chlorophyll and fertilizers that are stored in the buds. During the flushing phase, Banana Fruit Cake’s leaves may turn from emerald-green to yellow or purple.
The plants are ready for harvest after they have been flushed for one to two weeks. Growers start by cutting down the colas and stripping away the large fan leaves. They use trimming shears to trim the sugar leaves from the flowers. These sugar leaves can be used to make a variety of products such as topicals and tinctures.
After trimming the flowers, growers hang up the branches to dry for up to one week. They know the buds have been fully dried when the stems snap rather than bend, and the flowers feel light and crispy.
The final part of the harvesting process is to cure the flowers. Growers remove the buds from the branches and store them in glass jars. They keep the jars in a cool and dark area with low humidity. By opening the jars a couple of times a day, growers can speed up the curing process and prevent mold from growing on the buds. After a few weeks of curing, the buds can be smoked. A proper cure, however, might take up to eight weeks.
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Banana Fruit Cake is a delicious step forward for the Cookies family of strains, offering a tropical twist to the mouth-watering flavor of Girl Scout Cookies. This variety provides a larger yield and greater resilience than Animal Cookies offers, while it retains the incredible resin production and density that Cookies strains are known for. Its potent but balanced effects make Banana Fruit Cake an excellent afternoon or nighttime indulgence.
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