9 Interesting Facts About The Red Banana

1. The red banana is a cultivar that belongs to the same group as the Cavendish banana. Its designated scientific name is Musa accuminata (AAA Group) “Red Dacca” and is a native plant of the tropics, being grown in Southeast Asia, India, Africa and Central America as a food crop.

Credit: Thamizhpparithi Maari

Credit: Thamizhpparithi Maari

2. Bananas aren’t very frost hardy, but may tolerate a little cold now and then. Bananas generally fare well in states where it is generally warmer, such as Florida.

3. Its common English name is red banana, but it is also known as Cuban Red and Red Dacca, which is what it’s called in Australia.

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Credit: Harvey Barrison / flickr.com

4. Although they belong in the same group, it differs in over all appearance from the Cavendish variety. Aside from the obvious red skin, the fruit is noticeably shorter and plumper.

5. The skin of the red banana can vary from pink to light red to a deep red or maroon color.

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6. When ripe, the soft, cream-colored flesh is said to taste like bananas and raspberries.

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Credit: Genet / wikimedia.org

7. Red bananas are just like your regular yellow bananas. Eat them raw, sliced up in cereals or added to a fruit smoothie. You may also make banana fritters, chips, desserts, pies, breads, muffins and other baked goods.

8. Red bananas are high in potassium, vitamin C and beta carotene. It’s also rich in dietary fiber and also contains vitamin B6 and vitamin D.

9. Red bananas, along with other bananas are said to be actually berries, according to botanists.

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