My name is Gabriel Sachter-Smith. I love bananas, and I want to share all the wonderful attributes these plants have to offer.


I have studied bananas independently since I was 14 years old starting in 2004 in Colorado where I grew them as houseplants. I moved to the tropics for college to study bananas at the University of Hawaii, where I received my BS in Tropical Plant and Soil Science, and my MS studying new banana varieties for Hawai’i growers. I have since traveled to China, Indonesia, Uganda, Rwanda, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and even Belgium, Finland, England and France, all to study bananas. I am interested in all aspects of bananas, but am most curious about banana diversity, and the curious and amazing forms they come in.