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Blue Java Bananas Are A ‘Sweet Treat’ You Can Grow Yourself

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Move over boring, yellow, Cavendish bananas. Blue Java bananas are a hidden gem in the world of fruit. Not only do these bananas have a vibrant, curious hue, but they taste like vanilla ice cream! As the monoculture that has given us the Cavendish banana is leading to its extinction, Blue Jave bananas are a welcome sight. The creamy texture of the fruit and its delightful flavor make the Blue Java banana perfect for breakfast or a healthy snack on the go.

Fruit With Mass Appeal

The Blue Java banana originates from Southeast Asia and goes by many names. Inimitable and unmistakable for its color, texture, and flavor, this banana is also called the ‘Ice Cream’ banana, the ‘Hawaiian’ banana, and Cenizo bananas. Blue bananas are popular additions to homes and gardens because the ornamental trees produce fruit quickly and provide plenty of shade.

It’s fun to eat these bananas raw or cooked. The custard-like texture makes blue bananas ideal for a single ingredient ice cream or served alongside frozen custard. The Bue Java banana is commonly found growing in tropical climates such as Hawaii, and can even be found growing in Northern Australia. When the fruit is still not ripe it maintains its namesake, silvery-blue color. When the banana is ripe and ready to eat it has a yellow color similar to the Cavendish variety.

Future Proof Banana

Due to problems with cloning and rampant disease, the Cavendish variety of banana is at risk of extinction. Thankfully, the Blue Java banana is a diverse species that is built tough. Blue bananas thrive in warmer climates, such as Hawaii, Fiji, the Phillippines, and even southern states in America. The plant is hardy, cold tolerant up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, wind resistant, and has strong root systems. Even though Blue Java bananas are cold-resistant, it might not be smart to try growing them in the midwestern United States.

Blue Java bananas grow to a towering height of 15 to 20 feet and bloom anywhere from 15 to 24 months following planting. The bananas are an average of seven to nine inches in length and have a pleasant aroma and flavor. If you can get your hands on a potted plant of your own, you may enjoy bananas from your tree as soon as nine months. Be sure to check your geographical zone if you want to grow some blue bananas in the United States. Blue bananas would fare best in zones eight through ten.

Bananas For Blue Java

As more people learn about the Blue Java banana, its creamy, fluffy texture, and vanilla ice cream flavor, many people desire to grow their own fruit. If you cannot find a local specialty grocer that carries blue bananas, retailers like Amazon sell potted plants. Foodies are excited about the opportunities that blue bananas offer, and anyone wishing to cheat on their diet can devour the color fruit without guilt. The Blue Java banana grows well in many temperate climates or can thrive within a greenhouse.

Online Reddit, many users were happy to chime in about blue bananas. User 4ftFury commented, “Totally! Bananas are actually super tough, resilient plants – I believe in you!” Nate1899 responded, “I live in Florida, just north enough that our banana trees get burnt by the freezes. Very disappointing. This would be perfect!” The threat to Cavendish bananas are real, as explained by Reddit user GoHomeWithBonnieJean. They wrote, “It’s only a matter of time before the Cavendish banana is wiped out. The reason why bananas are the cheapest fruit in the market is that the current banana sold is based on a monoculture.” It looks like the Internet is clamoring for more diversity in the produce aisle, and it’s not as simple as the ‘banana challenge.’

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