Both our appetite and life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if all our health foods tasted and smelled as good as desserts! But seldom do the twain meet. Well, Blue Java Bananas is one food that promises to whet our appetite, rouse our taste buds, and keep us healthy at the same time.
Blue Java Bananas promises to deliver both taste and health in the same package. But the catch is that it is rare; though there are some things for which we can go the edge of the universe. Here’s to a fruit that has all the benefits of a banana and the alluring taste of vanilla-flavored ice cream.
It’s also known as the Ice Cream banana or the Hawaiian banana and can grow to a length of 7 inches. It gets its name from the distinct bluish tinge when it is immature which changes to a light green or yellow color as it ripens.
It originated in South East Asia and primarily grows there and also in the Hawaiian islands. The unripe ones are a distinct silvery blue. These exotic bananas can withstand extreme temperatures and can grow even in temperature of 20° though they prefer temperatures of 40° for ideal growth. Blue Java Bananas turn thick on ripening and have a passionately distinct and offbeat taste like vanilla custard or ice-cream. Either way, it is more vanilla than a banana.
Growing a plant or a tree in an area that isn’t their natural habitat is a tricky business. Blue Java Banana plants are hardy but as they are tropical plants, they love plenty of rain and sunshine. They grow best in USDA zones 9b to 11.
The plantations can reach a height of 20 ft and so it is evident that there has to be sufficient space for it to grow unhindered. It has to be watered daily and the roots should be deep in the soil to stop them from rotting.
NKP fertilizer should be applied once a month with nutrients in a 3:1:6 ratio. Water should be administered when adding the fertilizer so that the fertilizer can penetrate deep into the roots.
Increase the quantity of fertilizer as the plant grows. Start with a cup and keep enhance the quantity. Ensure that the plant gets plenty of sunlight. Destroy the shoots that take away nutrients for the fruits. The plants take 9 months to grow entirely and so one must be patient but at the same time persistent in its care.
Blue Java Bananas is an extremely healthy food, rich in potassium and containing an abundance of minerals that gives you plenty of nutrients. It is also a great way to lose weight and goes fine with low-calorie ice cream.
The leaves too are surprisingly useful. As they can tolerate polarized temperatures, it is a healthier and natural substitute for aluminum foil. You can even roll your casserole with the leaves! Its versatility makes it useful to heat, boil, fry, roast or freeze; the leaves seem to cope with anything.
The Blue Java Banana is lighter and healthier than most other bananas. The nutrient composition is 22.8gms of carbs, 0.3g fat, and every 100 gm contains 89 calories. And do keep in mind that it is very delicious. Here’s how you can make desserts, smoothies, etc out of Blue Java Bananas. Eat it raw or make cakes, sausages, banana hotcakes and oats, and frozen yogurt. Enjoy your blue delight!