This plantain of rare blue bananas has a special place with the addition to its blue color, it has an awesome taste of vanilla ice-cream and blue bananas, also known as blue Java bananas, ice-cream bananas, or Hawaii bananas, tastes like vanilla ice cream and custard. They have a fluffier and creamier texture than the regular bananas when ripened.
Blue bananas are a hybrid of two south Asian species- Musa balbisiana and Musa acuminata. Due to its taste like icecreams, they are used in desserts, milkshakes, smoothies, etc.
They are cold tolerant that is they can bear critically cold temperatures, and wind-resistant having pseudostems like a normal banana plantain. In Hawaii, southeast Asia and parts of central America the blue plantain can be seen more
Are blue bananas artificial
No, the blue bananas have a blue color because of the natural wax coating which will slowly fade while they mature. At this time the pulp of the fruit is also blue with black colored seeds in it
After maturing they will be in pale yellow and with creamier pulp. They can be harvested after 120 to 150 days of planting
Blue bananas have the same features as regular bananas while talking about nutrition. They are a rich source of fiber, manganese, vitamins like B6 and C
Like other types, they’re a great source of fiber, manganese, vitamins B6 and C, and then small amounts of iron, phosphorus, thiamine, selenium, etc.
The health benefits are almost similar between blue bananas and regular bananas, except for the blue one’s immense taste and texture.
1. Promotes weight loss
Blue bananas are an awesome alternative for sweets and desserts. It will save you a lot of calorie intake. Hence supports weight loss.
2. Supports digestive system
Like the regular bananas, the fiber content in these blue banana is also high which promotes a good digestion process
3. Rich in antioxidants
Blue bananas contain antioxidants such as gallic acid, quercetin, ferulic acid, and dopamine. It is said that antioxidants can prevent chronic health conditions such as heart diseases, diabetes, and certain cancers.
Disadvantages of blue banana intake
- Blue banana may trigger an allergic reaction to those who are sensitive to latex
- They are high in carbohydrates unlike the regular ones, so the carb intake content should be kept in check while consuming them.
One among the millions and millions of gifts by mother nature, this plantain of rare blue bananas has a special place due to its rare blue color. In addition to blue bananas’ blue color, it has an awesome taste of ice-cream in vanilla and custard flavor. By keeping the intake of blue bananas in check, one can enjoy the fruit and its specialties thoroughly because of its limitations mentioned above.
Authored by Indhirani K
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