As the disease known as ‘Tropical Race 4’ treaten extinction of well know Cavendish bananas, you can help protect banana species by simply planting this fruit right in your backyard… that is if you live in the warmer southern half of the United States.
Originating in Southeast Asia Blue Java bananas can be found throughout the Hawaiian islands.
Contrary to what most tropical fruit trees require to thrive, blue Java bananas can endure temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning they will succeed in most of California and other southern parts of the US.
And to top it all, they have a delicious taste of vanilla ice cream!
Smoother and richer in flavor than your typical supermarket banana, Blue Javas or ice cream bananas, as they are known, have a distinct vanilla bean scent that melts in your mouth.
Imagine the possibilities of making non-dairy vanilla ice cream using only one ingredient, and to top it all its healthy too!
Once the beautiful blue peels soften and turns yellow, remove it and freeze the inside of the banana. Throw them in a blender, or maybe use a banana ice cream maker.
The only downside is, currently Blue Java bananas are hard to find as only a very few grocers can source them regularly.
Having said that, the good news is they are very easy to grow and can produce an abundance of fruit fast.
You can get a potted Blue Java tree online and have bananas within nine months.
If you live in USDA plant hardiness zones 8-10, you can plant it outside. If not, look for a indoors place with tall ceilings indoors.
Also, with Blue Java’s big red flowers and silvery blue leaves, you can make beautiful ornamentals.
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