These bananas are perhaps the best in the world. They can even be grown in cold climates across much of the United States. Commonly called “Ice cream bananas” by those who have had the wonderful opportunity to try these divine blue bananas, they melt in your mouth and taste like vanilla!
Adding this plant to your edible landscape or greenhouse can help preserve banana species diversity as we race towards banana extinction due to monoculture of Cavendish bananas.
Originally from Southeast Asia, Blue Java bananas are now grown in the southern U.S. and common throughout the Hawaiian islands.
Blue Java banana trees can tolerate temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit and are available in dwarf varieties that make good patio plants. If you live in USDA plant hardiness zones 8-10, for instance California, parts of the Pacific Northwest, and the southern U.S., then this plant is a great choice for you! Unless you don’t like vanilla ice cream that is.
The description of the Blue Java banana having a creamy texture is absolutely accurate. They are much fluffier than the typical banana you that would find at the market. This texture makes it feel like the banana melts in your mouth. The vanilla flavor to boot gives the banana a vanilla ice cream taste and texture! What’s a better candidate for banana ice cream than this?
Making Banana Ice Cream Out of Ice Cream BananasSay that ten times fast!
Have you ever heard of banana ice cream? It’s actually really good even if you’re not trying to avoid dairy or be healthier. This single ingredient, non-dairy ice cream substitute is very easy to make too.
The Blue Java “Ice Cream” bananas are ripe when the blue peel turns soft and yellow. To make banana ice cream, take the peels off and freeze the fruit.
Once frozen, throw them into a Vitamix, or if you want impeccable ice cream, use a banana ice cream maker.
If you can’t find these delicious bananas locally (you probably can’t unless you have an awesomely exotic market) you can simply grow them yourself! They’re easy to grow and provide fruit in about 9 months. Then you have a perennial bulb to regrow again and again.
If you don’t happen to live in a warm enough region consider growing Blue Java bananas in a container and keeping it in a sunroom or greenhouse during the colder months. Even when they’re not producing fruit, they are beautiful plants with large red flowers and silver-blue leaves.