Bananas are the most popular fruit in the world, and there are about 1,000 varieties of bananas! Of the many varieties of bananas, most people only get to taste Cavendish bananas, which are the bananas most typically found in the grocery store. However, when you travel to tropical locations, like Hawaii, you can find many different bananas. All of these bananas taste and look slightly different, and they are all worthy of trying.
1. Apple Bananas
Apple bananas are one of the most popular varieties of bananas that you will find in Hawaii. These bananas are shorter and sweeter than the Cavendish bananas. They also have flavors of apples and strawberries, which makes them much more interesting. Like all bananas, apple bananas are a good source of potassium, but they are actually higher in vitamins A and C than Cavendish bananas! If you have an opportunity to try these tasty and nutritious bananas, you should definitely take it!
2. Red Bananas
Red bananas are another variety of bananas that are sweeter than Cavendish bananas. They also look much more interesting. As their name suggests, red bananas have a red skin, and the flesh is a beautiful orange-yellow. The orange color of the flesh is due to the presence of high amounts of beta-carotene, which make these bananas healthier then less-colorful varieties. Red bananas are said to have a hints of raspberries, which sounds delicious.
3. Ice Cream Bananas
Ice cream bananas, which are also known as Blue Java bananas, are considered a hardy and cold tolerant fruit. While these bananas are cold tolerant, their name actually comes from their ice cream like consistency and hints of vanilla flavor. These blue bananas are extremely tasty, with some people saying they taste like vanilla custard!
4. Lady Finger Bananas
Lady Finger bananas are a dwarf variety of banana that can actually be grown in a pot. They are very small bananas, and only grow to be 4 to 5 inches long. Despite their small size, these bananas are very sweet. Both the small size and sweet flavor make Lady Finger bananas perfect for children. I am sure adults would love them too.
5. ‘Ae Ae’ Bananas
‘Ae Ae’ banana plants have beautiful green and white variegated leaves and fruits. However, only the peel of these bananas is variegated; the flesh is a simple white. These bananas are considered a dessert banana because of their sweet flavor, and they can be eaten raw or cooked. ‘Ae Ae’ bananas are very rare, which means they are more expensive, but trying one of these unusual looking bananas is worth it.
6. Praying Hands Bananas
An unusual looking banana, the Praying Hand banana is a very fat banana that is best eaten when very ripe to capitalize on its mild sweetness. Praying Hands bananas have a creamy texture, and, in addition to being mildly sweet, they also have a slight tartness. You might also find that these bananas have flavors that remind you of oranges, peaches, and apples. That is a lot of fruit flavor in one banana!
7. Pitogo Bananas
Pitogo bananas are perhaps the strangest looking banana. They do not look like a banana at all. Rather, they look like a fig! These banana plants grow to be about 10 to 12 feet high, and they have clusters of these fig-like bananas. While these bananas look like figs, they don’t taste like figs; they are a delicious banana.
With so many different varieties of bananas, you should definitely try some when you have the chance. Most of these varieties are more flavorful than Cavendish bananas, and some of them are even more nutritious! With that being said, look for these bananas on your next tropical vacation. Have you ever had any of these varieties of bananas?