Our suppliers obtain high quality tissue culture seedlings at the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (Thika). Cavendish bananas are eaten raw, used in baking, fruit salads, fruit compotes, and to complement foods. The outer skin is partially green when sold in food markets, and turns yellow when it ripens. As it ripens the starches turn to sugar making a sweeter fruit. When it reaches its final stage (stage 7), brown/black ``sugar spots`` develop. When overripe, the skin turns black and the flesh becomes mushy.