Have you ever found the usual bananas in your grocery store to be a little, well, bland? You’re not alone. Banana enthusiasts in recent years have begun flocking to richer alternatives like the Blue Java banana, which is grown in many parts of Asia, Australia, and Hawaii.
The unripe fruit takes on a greenish-silver-blue hue due to its waxing coating, hence the name. Because of its sweet and soft flesh, it’s also known as the ‘Ice Cream’ banana. It bears a similarity in taste to vanilla custard or ice cream.
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.
The Blue Java banana goes by a few other names, apart from ‘Ice Cream’ banana (as they refer to it in Hawaii), and is called the ‘Hawaiian’ banana in Fiji, ‘Krie’ in the Philippines and ‘Cenzio’ in various parts of Central America.
These bananas are a popular addition to any home or garden because the ornamental trees produce fruit quickly and provide plenty of shade.
You can eat it raw, or mix it into a smoothie with peanut butter or doing the old trick of freezing and blending the bananas to make an all-natural ice-cream alternative.
When it’s unripe, the banana has a blue-green skin, which gradually turns into pale yellow, with a show white-colored flesh when ripe.
The Cavendish variety is at the risk of extinction due to problems with cloning and rampant disease. Blue Java is a diverse species that are built tough. They thrive in warmer climates of Asia, Australia, and even southern states in America.
It’s a hardy, cold-tolerant (up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit) banana cultivar that produces plump, sweet bananas, slightly shorter than the common Cavendish banana.
The tree can grow up to 18-feet tall and 10-feet wide with large silver-green leaves packed around a stout, sturdy trunk. They also have a pleasant aroma and flavor.
Many online vendors across the US can deliver the tree straight to your door and you can grow it at home. These blue bananas would fare best in zones eight through ten.
There’s an increasing desire for people to grow their own blue bananas as more people learn of the vanilla ice cream flavor of the Blue Java banana. Retailers like Amazon sell these potted plants if you can’t find a local specialty grocer.
You can rest easy knowing that Blue Java bananas can grow well within a greenhouse or in many temperate climates.
Reddit users are happy to comment about the blue bananas with user 4ftFury saying, “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 is real, as explained by Reddit user GoHomeWithBonnieJean. It looks like the internet is clamoring for more diversity in the produce aisle, and it’s not as simple as the ‘banana challenge.’