Just May Have to Try a Red Banana

@Corbin5 (106324)
United States
June 26, 2018 2:18pm CST
I do not believe I have ever eaten a red banana. The red banana has a reddish-purple skin, and its botanical name is "red dacca." I have always eaten the yellow Canvandish bananas that are so plentiful in grocery stores. After peeling a red banana, you will see that the flesh of the red banana is either a cream color or a light-pink color. Some red-banana flesh has a rather light-orange color. The flesh of red bananas is softer and sweeter than yellow bananas. Depending upon where a red banana is grown, a red-banana's flesh may taste a bit like raspberry, mango, or meringue. If you are searching for red bananas, it is helpful to know that red bananas are called either Red Cuban, Cavandish banana "Cuban Red," Red Spanish, Lal kela, red banana, Claret banana, red Cavendish banana, Jamaican red banana, or Colorado. Red bananas are smaller and plumper than the yellow Cavandish bananas, and they cost a bit more too. Red bananas are nutritious bananas. Red bananas have more Vitamin C and beta carotene than common yellow bananas. Exporters of red bananas include Asia, United Arab Emirates, East Africa, Australia, and Central America. Whole Foods Market sells red bananas in my area. An online search will assist a shopper in finding stores that sell red bananas close to home. Ripe red bananas can be eaten raw, however, red bananas are also added to desserts and fruit salads. Toasted, fried, and baked red bananas are tasty too.
Current Facts Depending on its growing region, these strange looking bananas have several names like Colorado, Lal kela, red bananas, the Red Spanish, and Re...
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@amadeo (65879)
• United States
26 Jun
we have them all of the time here.Our market has them.
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
26 Jun
I will have to give them a try.
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@amadeo (65879)
• United States
26 Jun
@Corbin5 Give it a try.Our market has them now and then.
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@abhaijith (2944)
• India
27 Jun
@Corbin5 Oh..thats great..So its available in your place...So surely have a try..
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@marlina (73884)
• Canada
26 Jun
I guess we are behind here as I have never seen red bananas.
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
26 Jun
I have never seen red bananas either. Whole Foods Market is close to our home, but its prices are too high for me, but I would buy a few red bananas to try.
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@LadyDuck (157411)
• Switzerland
27 Jun
@marlina Really? They were already for sale in Italy when I still lived there in the 70's.
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@marlina (73884)
• Canada
27 Jun
@LadyDuck m Really? I am way behind the times.
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@Icydoll (19645)
• India
26 Jun
That's nice to know about red banana...never heard or seen this . would like to taste it
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
26 Jun
I would like to taste one too. I would love one that tasted a bit like raspberries.
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@AKRao24 (18098)
• India
26 Jun
Wow! That is a nice piece information! I have never seen red bananas. Since you said that they are known as Lal kele, that means they are grown in India. I will check about their availability in local market! Thanks a lot for the interesting information provided here!
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
26 Jun
Thank you. I was not sure from which country the "Lal kele" came. They are a bit expensive, but just trying a few would be fun to do.
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@AKRao24 (18098)
• India
26 Jun
@Corbin5 , yes fully agreed, I also would like to try them out of curiosity! Thanks!
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@arunima25 (2449)
• Bangalore, India
27 Jun
It is common in South India. I have spotted them so many times in our local fruits and vegetable market in Bangalore.
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@LadyDuck (157411)
• Switzerland
27 Jun
I had fresh ripe red bananas when we visited the Cayman Island, they grow on the Island. The taste is not very different from the yellow bananas.
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@abhaijith (2944)
• India
27 Jun
Yeah...you are right.. The taste of these bananas is different from yello bananas and most of the people wont like it.
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@LadyDuck (157411)
• Switzerland
27 Jun
@abhaijith I like the taste of pink bananas, there are many different varieties.
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
27 Jun
I believe I have only tasted the yellow bananas, which I love. I did a search and found that a store here, Whole Foods Market, sells them.
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@SIMPLYD (79716)
• Philippines
27 Jun
I haven't eaten a red banana. It's non-existent here in our country. But I am hoping that someday it will be imported here.
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
27 Jun
I have never seen them in our local grocery stores, but I bet I can find them in one of our ethnic grocery stores around here. I like the idea the red bananas are a bit sweeter and creamier.
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@SIMPLYD (79716)
• Philippines
28 Jun
@Corbin5 Yes, I like it too that it is sweeter and creamier than the ordinary banana we are eating.
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@DianneN (78124)
• United States
27 Jun
They are delicious. I first had them in China, then in South America. I do buy them at Whole Foods when they are in stock.
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
27 Jun
Yes, I did find out that Whole Foods Market sells them here. Now, I can give them a try.
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@DianneN (78124)
• United States
29 Jun
@Corbin5 Enjoy them!
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@rebelann (41279)
• El Paso, Texas
26 Jun
I've never heard of red ones before. Oh well, I don't like nanners so I probably won't be tryin the red ones either.
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
26 Jun
Yes, you will need to say away from nanners. I am quite fond of them.
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@rebelann (41279)
• El Paso, Texas
26 Jun
I love mangos or cantaloup @Corbin5 sometimes I'll even eat watermelon. My favorite fruit is tomato.
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
26 Jun
@rebelann Yes, the tomato is a lovely fruit. My favorite fruit, which is not really a berry, is the strawberry.
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@Jessabuma (28276)
• Baguio, Philippines
27 Jun
Wow! Unique variety of banana. I have heard of this but never tasted it.
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
27 Jun
I found a store near our home that sells them, so I will give one a try and see if they are good-tasting bananas.
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@Jessabuma (28276)
• Baguio, Philippines
27 Jun
@Corbin5 I hope it will taste good.
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
27 Jun
@Jessabuma Me too, especially if the red bananas are expensive.
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@sharon6345 (125756)
• United States
26 Jun
I can't believe I can even see that red banana. I don't like the yellow one , however you will make me want a red one.
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
27 Jun
The red bananas are creamier and have a hint of mango or raspberry to them. I have never seen them either, but I searched online and found a store that sells them in our area.
@sharon6345 (125756)
• United States
28 Jun
@Corbin5 I am going to check wholefoods for that. I am so excited to learn if they have it there. I am also going to call across the street. It might be worth a try.
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
28 Jun
@sharon6345 Since they are creamier and sweeter, we might like them a lot. We just have to make sure they are very ripe.
@saritflor (3775)
• Israel
26 Jun
I didn't know such thing even exist that is so cool and I'm curios about its taste
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
26 Jun
It is a creamy taste. Depending upon the country in which it was grown, the taste may be a light raspberry, mango, or meringue. We have a store near here that sells them, but I never frequent that store due to its high prices. I think I will buy one or two just to see how they taste.
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@saritflor (3775)
• Israel
27 Jun
@Corbin5 wow! it really sounds amazing hope one day I will be able to taste these and yes I imagine why it's so expensive :)
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@aureliah (16150)
26 Jun
I have never tried these bananas but I would not mind trying.
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
26 Jun
I would like to try one too. I like the fact that these bananas are creamier than yellow bananas.
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@aureliah (16150)
2 Jul
@Corbin5 From the photo that is what it looks like
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@marguicha (94665)
• Chile
27 Jun
I had never even seen one.
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
27 Jun
Me neither. However, an online search revealed that red bananas are sold in a grocery store, a too highly-priced one, near our home. I will buy just a few to try.
@Shavkat (62619)
• Philippines
27 Jun
In my city, red bananas are rare. I had tried it once or two. We can get potassium from them.
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
27 Jun
That potassium is really a very valuable nutrient.
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@andriaperry (50798)
• United States
27 Jun
I want a red banana, like right now.
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
27 Jun
I am going to go to the too-highly priced Whole Foods and buy a red banana or two and give them a try. I wish I could share one with you!! I bet you'd whip up red banana jelly!
• Midland, Michigan
27 Jun
We sell those along with several other types too. Have you tried any yourself, Deb? I think they are drier and a bit less sweet. I've never heard that they could have other flavors. I think they may be sold by the pounds and it's so one could get one or two to try out first. But, at present, I'll pass.
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
27 Jun
No, I have not tried them, but our Whole Foods has them. Had to do an online search to find that out. I will just buy a few for taste-testing purposes.
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@Tampa_girl7 (25693)
• United States
26 Jun
Another fruit that I have never heard of.
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
27 Jun
I had never heard of them either. I searched online and our local Whole Foods Market sells them. Whole Foods Market is too-highly priced for me, but I will buy a few red bananas there.
@xFiacre (4433)
• Ireland
26 Jun
@corbin5 Wow. I thought I’d seen most things. Must look out for these.
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
26 Jun
I have never tried them, but Whole Foods Market sells them here in my area, so I will buy one or two for taste-testing purposes.
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@dodoazo (19577)
• Philippines
28 Jun
We have red banana here in our place but it's too costly. We usually buy the yellow or the green banana.
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
29 Jun
Yes, the red bananas are too costly here also. I will buy just a few to give them a try.
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@dodoazo (19577)
• Philippines
29 Jun
@Corbin5 I will try also.
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
29 Jun
@dodoazo You and I will buy only one or two do to the expense.
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@ridingbet (52959)
• Philippines
28 Jun
i think i have tasted a piece of the red banana. i think the fruit itself was not soft,maybe because it was not yet fully ripe.
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
29 Jun
Yes, the red banana only tastes sweet and creamy if it is fully ripe.
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@ridingbet (52959)
• Philippines
1 Jul
@Corbin5 but aside from vitamin C, there may be more nutritional values than the yellow banana, right?
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@Corbin5 (106324)
• United States
1 Jul
@ridingbet They are. I found this information: "Despite being smaller than their yellow counterpart, red bananas excel in every other area. They contain approximately 110 calories and are packed with fiber, potassium, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C. ... With more flavour, and nutritional value, you'd be bananas not to give red bananas a try."
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