They are called Blue Java bananas and they taste like vanilla ice cream. Yes, that’s right, a fruit that tastes like a dessert.
Blue Java is known to be sweet and aromatic and to have a consistency and taste close to that of ice cream, especially vanilla ice cream.
According to LiveLoveFruit.com, Blue Java is native to the southeastern part of Asia and is widespread throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
The single fruit has many different names, depending on the region. In Hawaii, it is called “Ice Cream banana”, in Figi, “Hawaiian banana”, in the Philippines, “Krie” and in Central America, “Cenizo”.
The Blue Java is part of the ABB group of bananas, which means it contains a set of chromosomes that, when unripe, give off a silvery blue color, then turn pale yellow when fully ripe. The banana is edible raw, just like your typical yellow bananas, however, many countries that grow the fruit prefer them fried, baked, or similar to how plantains are cooked.
Like all fruits, Blue Java has many health benefits. Along with being rich in vitamins B6 and C, potassium, magnesium, and more, Blue Java can also moderate blood sugar, improve your mood, support digestive health, and heart health.
Moderate blood sugar levels
Blue Javas contain pectin (fiber) and resistant starch. Both of these can moderate blood sugar levels after meals and help reduce appetite by slowing stomach emptying, according to LiveLoveFruit. Also, in general, bananas have a low to medium glycemic index (GI), which means they shouldn’t cause major super blood spikes in healthy people.
Blue Javas are rich in vitamin B6 which is necessary for the body to synthesize its own serotonin. According to LiveLoveFruit, an average Blue Java contains about 0.4 milligrams of vitamin B6.
Improve/support digestive/heart health
Blue Javas contain indigestible fibers like cellulose, hemicellulose, among others, which help prevent constipation and regulate bowel function. Bananas are also a good source of potassium, essential for heart health. Studies show that those who consume enough potassium have a 27% lower risk of heart disease.
Do you live in the United States and want to get your hands on a Blue Java? Carefree! Miami Fruit in Florida sells Blue Javas and will ship them right to your front door.
Sometimes it helps to be a little blue.
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