Banana is an edible fruit, also known as plantains. The fruit is variable in size, color and firmness, but is usually elongated and curved, with soft flesh rich in starch covered with a rind which may be green, yellow, red, purple, or brown when ripe. The scientific names of most cultivated bananas are Musa acuminata, Musa balbisiana, and Musa × paradisiaca. Wikipedia
Let’s get to know bananas and their uses:
- Apple Bananas – These bananas are exceptionally sweet. They are grown in the rainy tropical forests in Hawaii. The flesh is firm and has a slight pinkish tone. They are perfect for snacking or using in desserts and is particularly well suited to adding to fruit salads and other raw preparations since it doesn’t brown as quickly as other banana varieties.
- Cavendish Bananas – Cavendish bananas are the most common variety. They are the long yellow, slightly sweet bananas at supermarkets around the U.S. The perfect ripeness depends on personal taste, of course. Super ripe and browning bananas can be used to make smoothies or banana bread.
- Lady Finger Bananas – These bananas are smaller and sweeter than the ubiquitous longer, milder Cavendish. They can be used the same way, but make particularly portion-controlled snacks, especially for kids!
- Musa Belle bananas / Pisang Raja – Pisang Raja bananas are popular in Indonesia & Malaysia, where they are often used to make banana fritters.
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