Raise your hand if you don’t love bananas. That’s right – there aren’t that many hands up. Bananas are probably the most popular tropical fruit in the world. The soft, mushy texture, unbeatable taste, and enticing smell, not to mention great nutritional profile, is what makes bananas so delicious. But, what if there was an even more delicious banana than the yellow banana?
Rejoice, banana fans – there is and it tastes like vanilla ice cream! A rare fruit on its own, the blue Java banana grows primarily in South Asia and can survive pretty harsh environments. Although yellow bananas must grow in tropical conditions, the blue Java banana can be grown in cold climates.
Although its main “feature” is the amazing taste, this type of banana has quite a unique nutritional profile. Full of potassium, fiber, and a cocktail of minerals, it’s one of the best fruits you can eat. Thanks to the high fiber content, it’s perfect if you’re trying to lose weight.
It’s not just the fruit that’s useful – the leaves can be used as food wraps since they can withstand extreme temperatures. You can also boil, fry or roast food in them – anything you throw at them, they’ll hold their ground.
A medium-sized blue Java banana has almost 23 gr. of carbs, 0.3 gr. of fat, and 89 calories. It is lighter and healthier than yellow bananas so you might want to switch soon.
The problem is they’re hard to find. But, the good news is that you can grow it on your own anywhere on Earth. In the USA, for example, the banana can be grown in USDA zones 9-11. Bananas, as you know, grow on big trees, and this banana isn’t an exception. You’ll need a lot of space – the recommended size is a 20-feet plantation. The fruit “drinks” a lot of water so make sure to properly hydrate it.
When it comes to fertilizer, a 3:1:6 NPK fertilizer works best. The soil needs to be soaked in water when you use it so it’s absorbed nicely. As the blue Java banana grows, make sure it gets plenty of sunlight. Any shoots should be removed as they appear. In about 9 months, you should be able to see the first fruits. Just be patient until the end – it’ll be worth it!