This banana variety is undoubtedly one of the best and tastiest things out there! The Blue Java is a banana variety which resembles vanilla ice cream in both consistency and taste. It has a sweet aroma and its name derives from its peel`s blue color when it is unripe. When ripe, it has a pale yellow or a greenish color. It goes under several different names: Hawaiian banana in Fiji, ice cream banana in Hawaii, and Cenizo in Central America.
Bananas are tropical fruits, meaning that they don’t do well in cold areas. Most varieties are not able to grow past an average 40 F of temperature and they typically start to die at 28F. On the other hand, the Blue Java banana is a hardy variety and it keeps growing in relatively low temperatures (20F / -7c)
Want To Grow ‘Vanilla Ice Cream’ On Your Property?
In the U.S, theBlue Java banana is suitable for growing in the USDA’s zones 9b through 11, even though some farmers grow from zones 8 through 11, which are part of the hardiness zones. There is a zone map available, which allows farmers to know where a plant is likely to thrive the best.
A mature Blue Java tree gets around 15 to 20 feet in height. If you choose to plant a pseudostem, it will take about nine months for the fruits to mature. On the flip side, you can have trees at different stages of development delivered to your home.
Here are a couple of tips on how to get your Blue Java on track:
- Water is very important! Bananas like rich and warm soil with high moisture. Water the tree often and adequately, but this doesn’t mean that you should do it to the extent of floating.
- Bananas need a lot of fertilizing. Use an NPK fertilizer with nutrients in the ratio of 3:1:6. For a 1-foot tall plant, you need a cup of fertilizer per month. Make sure you fertilize when the weather is warm. Spray the fertilizer around the roots and water the particles down in the soil. Add one more cup to the mix for every additional two feet the plant grows.
- Bananas need sunlight to germinate. Constant overcast is not good for germinating plants.
- Prune the secondary shoots around each rhizome, leaving at least one shoot around the plant to boost photosynthesis.
Blue Java Uses
The leaves of Blue Java Banana are wide and strong and can be used in place of parchment paper, aluminum foil, or similar wrappings for cooking. They can be used for drying, grilling, baking, boiling, and steaming.
As the banana itself tastes like vanilla ice cream, you can consume it in place of the ice cream. Bananas are low in fat and energy dense foods. A 100-gram banana contains 89 calories, 22.8 grams of carbs, and 0.3 grams of fat.
Bananas are some of the best sources of potassium, a mineral which supports nerve cell response and proper muscles contraction. Proper potassium intake is critical for proper heart contraction as well as regulated blood pressure levels.
The Blue Java banana can be used in the place of ordinary bananas in every recipe, such as banana oatmeal cookies, banana pancakes, smoothies, banana cakes, and more.