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Gros Michel, the original banana, alive and well in Yangambi, DR Congo, on Monday, Dec. 8, 2008. Gros Michel was the banana of choice for banana growers up until the mid 20th century, but Panama disease (Fusarium) made it impossible to grow commercially as it wiped out whole plantations around the world.  It is a tastier and creamier banana can the Cavendish banana that most in the western world eat today. However the Cavendish, which was previously found to be resistant to Panama disease, has now become susceptible to it.