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The Blue Java is a banana variety that is decidedly different from the one we are normally used to in the West.

When unripe this type of banana takes on a characteristic blue colour. When it is ripe it gives a very sweet pulp and with the consistency similar to that of an ice cream; so much that it has also been dubbed ice cream banana.

blue java bananaWhen we talk about bananas the vast majority of us immediately think of that green-yellow peel that is commonly found in shops, the reality is that is only a variety of this type of fruit, Cavendish, which is certainly the most widespread but certainly not the sweetest.

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The primacy in this sense belongs to another variety, the Blue Java which owes its name to the characteristic blue colour of the peel when it is unripe. However, no genetic modification is involved – it’s all work of mother nature. Its peculiarity is not so much in the colour, but precisely in its sweet taste that is said to have the consistency of an ice cream and the flavour that recalls vanilla. Features that also earned it the name of frozen banana among the many names that distinguish it as Hawaiian banana, Ney Mannan, Krie or Cenizo

The Blue Java banana plant is characteristic of the countries of Central America, in those of Southeast Asia, in Hawaii and in the Fiji islands, where everyone has renamed it in its own way. It needs constant light but does not fear the cold since it can withstand even sub-zero temperatures. The plant can reach a height between four and six meters and a width of about three meters and produces a shorter fruit than the common Cavendish bananas that has that characteristic silvery blue color when it is unripe. The ripened fruits, however, take on a yellow color and give a white pulp with a creamy consistency and a decidedly sweet taste.

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