When it comes to most popular fruits around the world, bananas surely occupy the top spot. They taste great, they are a great source of important nutrients, and they’re an excellent choice of food when you’re on a diet.
Bananas come in different shapes and sizes, but most people know only about the yellow banana. Well, there’s one that trumps it in taste and nutritional profile too – the blue Java banana. A rare fruit that has the taste of a regular banana and the nutritional profile of broccoli, it’s one of the most unique fruits you can eat.
The blue Java banana grows in South Asia and unlike its yellow brethren, it can survive in harsh environments. For optimum growth, the plant needs temperatures of 40 Fahrenheit, but it can endure temperatures close to zero as well. As soon as the fruit ripens, it turns blue instead of yellow with one key difference – its nutritional profile.
Can You Grow It in the US?
You’ll be glad to hear that yes, you can grow the blue Java banana in the USA. Just make sure it gets enough sunlight and water it regularly. Experts say that the fruit can be grown in USDA zones 9b-11. The plant can grow up to 20 feet which means you’ll be needing a lot of space. As mentioned, it requires constant watering.
A NPK fertilizer (3:1:6) is required once a month to keep the plant growing. Make sure you water the plant when you add the fertilizer because it needs to go in deep to the roots. As your plant grows, make sure to increase the fertilizer amount. At this point, you’ll also need more and more sunlight. If you’re wondering when you’ll have the fruit ready, it should take about 9 months.
Blue Java Banana Nutritional Profile
The nutritional profile of this rare banana is amazing. It contains a lot of potassium as well as other minerals and important nutrients. Its taste is unique too – it can be closely described as vanilla ice-cream.
A low-fat fruit that is ideal when you’re on a diet, the blue Java banana is better than a regular banana. Even its leaves are useful. Since they can withstand freezing temps, you can use them instead of aluminum foil for packaging food. You can also use them for roasting, boiling or frying food.
Here’s just a short bit of info about the blue Java banana nutritional profile:
- 3 gr. fat
- 8 gr. carbs
- 89 calories per 100 gr.
You can eat the rare fruit on its own or use it in smoothies and low-fat desserts.