Netizens Claim ‘Blue’ Bananas Taste Like Ice Cream. Huh?


Many of us have been led to believe by very believable social media posts that a certain kind of blue bananas are real. This blue fruit, known as Java banana, supposedly tastes like ice cream. 

And we live at Hogwarts. 

Netizens Claim Blue Bananas Taste Like Ice Cream
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As delightful as it is to believe that such a fruit exists, we are here to break your protective shell of innocence and fact check these claims.

Is Java banana a thing?

For starters, the Java banana happens to be a real fruit. It is cultivated in Southeast Asia. It is a hybrid of two fruits – Musa balbisiana and Musa acuminata. The fruit is especially popular in dreamland Hawaii. Java bananas are 7 to 9 inches in length and can be eaten fresh or cooked – dealer’s choice

Are blue Java bananas blue?

Now comes the exciting part. Pictures doing rounds on the many media platforms show yummy, blue bananas. 

Um, Java bananas aren’t exactly blue, though. Infact, they look like any other banana when they fully ripen – creamy yellow. When unripe, they’re more on the greenish-blue side, but definitely not a vibrant blue as the pictures show. 

The silver-green or bluish-green colour comes from the heavy coat of wax on their peels. Once fully ripe, the fruits lose this brilliant innocence and join the world of yellow. 

Will my java banana taste like ice cream? 

No offence, fruits. But if all fruits and vegetables did taste like unhealthy, tasty food, all will be right in the world. Fruit experts and fruit business tycoons explain that the blue Java banana has a creamy, custard-like texture. The ‘custard-y’ aroma might account for the vanilla taste that eaters claim to experience. However, it is important to understand that the fruit was given the name of ‘ice cream banana’ or ‘vanilla banana’ not because of its taste but because of the texture. 

There you go. Another fact checked. More innocence ruined. 

Eat fruits. But be smart. 

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