As I longingly wait for summer and the plethora of juicy, tree-ripened fruit that comes with the sunny season, I’ve been staying buoyant by experimenting with the fruit that is available. Sure, strawberries and blueberries are available all year around, but are the winter one’s really worth the food miles they must travel? Sour and flavorless, I think not. However, blood oranges, mangoes, and a few other special fruity treats are definitely worthy of landing an occasional spot in my diet.
Lately I’ve been really digging red bananas. The bananas’ shrimpy, red-headed cousin is actually super tasty and stands superior in nutrition. Red bananas contain more vitamin C and beta-carotene than the traditional yellow fellows.
The typical red banana contains 15% of the recommended daily value (DV) of vitamin C, 20% DV of B6, and four grams of fiber. Also, don’t think yellow bananas are the only muscle uncramping stars. Red bananas contain a significant level of potassium (400mg) as well, providing the perfect portable snack for any type of athlete.
Red bananas taste like a fusion of sweet plantain mixed with yellow banana. They are just as naturally sweet as a ripe yellow banana but are a tad denser and creamier in consistency.
If you haven’t had a red banana and feel like giving one a bite, look for ones that have a deep red, maroonish skin, erring on the side of purple. This indicates that they are ripe and ready to eat. If the skin is any lighter, leave them to ripen at room temperature, or stick them in a paper bag if you want to speed up the process.
Once ripe, simply peel away the red shell like you would with a typical yellow banana, and enjoy their sweet, yummy light pink insides.
While I don’t think I could ever get bored of yellow bananas, especially when peanut butter is in the picture, red bananas provide a nice change of pace, allowing my taste buds to relish in the different nuances in flavor and texture. Have you ever had a red banana? What do you think of them? Any special red banana recipes?
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