Bananas are the most favorite tropical fruit all around the world. They thrive in warm regions with an average temperature of 40 F, and if it is less than 28F they die.
However, there is a banana variety that can grow in low temperatures like 20F. We are talking about the Blue Java banana variety.
The Blue Java Banana
This banana variety is native in South East Asia, but spreading through continents it reached Northern Australia. It is called Blue Java because the peel is not green like the standard unripe banana but it has an aqua blue color. What makes it unique is the sweet, appealing aroma, very much resembling vanilla ice cream in both taste and consistency. They even in appearance look as frozen due to the frosted tinge all over the peel. When it becomes ripe the peel gains a greenish or pale yellow color, and the inside is with whitish yellow. It can be found under several names: Cenizo in Central America, Ice Cream Banana in Hawaii, and Hawaiian Banana in Fiji.
The Blue Java Banana is energy dense food and really low in fat, so it is an excellent healthy choice for vanilla ice cream. Namely, in 100 grams of banana there are around 0.3g of fat, 22.8g of carbs, and 89 calories.
You can have this delicious fruit always fresh if you grow it in your own home, but there are certain things that you should know about its cultivation
Growing Blue Java in your Garden
The most suitable growing area in the states is in the USDA’s zones 9b through 11. One should follow this rule as there are farmers who avoid it and choose the 8 to 11 zone, but this zone map divides North America into 11 zones, each zone with a distinction in temperature of 10 F warmer or colder than the adjacent left or right zone. This prevents the optimal growing of this fruit, therefore it is best to be cultivated in the recommended zones.
You can choose pseudestem for your banana tree but it will need 9 months for the first leaves to appear. The easier choice is to opt for developed trees so that you can quicker enjoy the fruits of your tree.
A fully mature Blue Java tree should grow in height about 15 to 20 feet. You can cultivate your own banana tree without any problem, but you need to follow some gardening tips.
Gardening Tips for Growing Blue Java
Like any plant this fruit needs watering, but in right dosages. Bananas thrive best in rich soil with high moisture. The mushy conditions are the best and because of that you need to water it frequently and properly, but not to the extent of floating. Be aware of the depth of the soil so that the water does not go below and make the root to rot.
This fruit needs plenty of fertilizing and for that purpose you should use an NPK fertilizer with nutrients in the ratio of 3:1:6. In order to acquire one foot tall plant, you should nurture this plant with a cup of fertilizer per month. The fertilizing needs to be done when the weather is reasonably warm. Take the fertilizer and spray it all around the roots and then water the particles down into the soil. The dosage of the fertilizer depends on the growth of your plant, for instance for every additional two feet you should include one more cup of fertilizer to the mixture.
In order to have healthy optimal tree pruning is necessity. Hence, make sure to prune the secondary shoots around each rhizome. You should leave at least one shoot around the plant to boost the process of photosynthesis. But, too much shoots will fight for their nutrients which will make your tree stunted.
For the germination process bananas need sunlight, but not all the time. Partial to full sunlight would be the best option.
Benefits of Banana
The consumption of bananas can bring many benefits for your health since they are packed with potassium. This mineral promotes proper muscles contraction, and nerve cell response. The proper intake of potassium will provide optimal heart contraction and it will assist in blood pressure regulation.
Every banana variety is very delicious but in the case of Blue Java you are getting that incredible vanilla flavor. You can replace the ordinary bananas with Blue Java and thus boost the taste of your recipes.They are the ultimate choice in banana ice cream, and then they can be easily included in smoothies, various banana cakes, banana oatmeal cookies, and banana pancakes.
Other Blue Java Uses
The Blue Java Banana tree has also wide, strong, and thick leaves that can be used as a substitute of parchment paper, aluminum foil, or for other wrappings in cooking. Have in mind that they are porous and to protect your oven from the dropping juice place your food in a casserole dish. These leaves can be used for grilling, boiling, baking, steaming, and drying.
You can easily replace the regular vanilla ice cream with the Blue Java banana ice cream and enjoy your flavor in a healthy way.