Besides the blush, this apple is really two-toned: a banana yellow (sure enough) tinged a little with green, and a distinctly green-yellow hue. Flecked with brown lenticels, the resemblance to the long tropical fruit is clear, if not necessarily obvious.
The blush is small, a light pink whose translucency, over the yellow, makes a peachy orange. The general effect is striking.
The apple runs medium to large and is ribbed and slightly conical. The skin is naturally waxy. A week off the tree it is firm and has a sweet grassy fragrance.
Banana's flesh is dense and hard, a medium-fine-grained creamy light yellow. The texture makes for a very crisp mouthful.
WB's flavors are mild and balanced with very little tartness or acidity. These are succulent and fruity, with pear notes and a little spice. The peel is chewy.
I do not find any banana, by the way.
Warning: This is a hard, dense apple. I like that but not everyone does.
Here's another Winter Banana with a blush, this one from Tower Hill.
I've stashed a few of these away to see how they do over time. The texture reminds me a little of another long keeper, and the flavor might improve with age. (Update: Here's my report on that.)
Tower Hill puts Winter Banana's birthplace at Adamsboro, Indiana about 1876. Many sources report a banana flavor or aroma; others do not.