Red bananas

red bananas on cutting board
Red bananas, almost ripe

Another trip to Cotters’ Market, another banana variety – red bananas, this time, not monkey bananas, and just a hand to try, not another young plant to grow next to my sugar bananas. These red bananas are eating bananas, not cooking bananas. I had never been quite sure; I thought they might have been plantains, which are used quite differently and deserve a post to themselves some day.

They turned out to be very similar in texture and flavour to the monkey bananas, with very soft, smooth, sweet and slightly aromatic flesh. They seem to be sharing the monkey bananas’ tendency to go from under-ripe to over-ripe very quickly, but perhaps I should have started eating them earlier. They are about the same size as our sugar bananas, i.e. a bit shorter and straighter than the regular (I didn’t quite say ‘boring’) Cavendish.

The excellent Wikipedia article on them tells us that their official name is Musa acuminata (AAA Group) ‘Red Dacca’ and lists twenty or thirty ‘common’ names for them from every continent except Antarctica; I don’t think I need to reproduce them all here.

4 thoughts on “Red bananas”

    1. Sorry! I don’t have any special information on sources for you. You could check out Blue Sky Bananas. If they don’t sell them they may be able to put you on to someone who does. Failing that, chat to stall-holders at your local market who sell the fruit. They might be able to put you in touch with their grower. All these ‘odd’ varieties are very small-scale so far and people who like them tend be enthusiasts and often willing to share. Good luck, and let us know if you find a commercial source.

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