Red Bananas

Red Bananas

Red bananas are a species of banana having reddish-colored skin. This article provides some information pertaining to the cultivation process and the nutrition obtained from this fruit.
Gardenerdy Staff
Red bananas are a variety of bananas with a skin that is reddish purple in color. The regular (Cavendish) bananas are larger than these, although the red ones are plumper than the regular ones. These bananas have a flavor which slightly resembles that of raspberry, and are also aromatic. These are grown in Asia and South America and exported to other parts of the world from this region. They originated in Costa Rica.

Overview

The rind of a red banana is maroon or red in color. These fruits are ideally eaten when in a slightly-soft state, and should also not be bruised at the time of eating. They should be stored at room temperature. Refrigeration is not recommended, as it causes the bananas to become mushy. Given below are the health benefits and the cultivation information about these fruits.

The Plant

The leaves of this plant have a color ranging from yellow to burgundy. The skin of the fruits have similar shades. The stalks are formed in the late summer season. Ripening of the fruits takes place by spring. The height of this tree ranges from 8-25 feet; the difference in height is attributed to different varieties.

Growing this Plant

This plant can be grown in the hardiness zones 8 to 11. Given below are the different factors associated with growing it.

Soil and Area
The soil used for growing this plant needs to be well-drained; it should also be slightly acidic. Keeping the soil moist is necessary. To provide the plant with favorable growth conditions, the place used for planting has to be dug out and filled with a mixture of 50% organic matter and 50% sand. This makes the soil fertile and well-drained. It is necessary to plant this tree in bright sunlight, although partial shade won't cause much of a problem. Also, protection from wind is necessary to avoid tearing of the leaves.

Watering and Fertilizers
As the soil needs to be maintained in a moist state for proper growth of this plant, use of mulches proves to be useful. It is, however, necessary to avoid over watering. Monthly application of fertilizers is necessary in the growing season of the fruits. Plants which are grown in containers require half the amount of fertilizers as those planted in fields. The dose of fertilizers for the younger plants needs to be just over half a pound every month. Mature plants on the other hand, require 2 pounds of fertilizers as a monthly dose.

Nutrition

These bananas are highly nutritious. They are rich in vitamin C. The degree of vitamin C present in them depends on how red the fruit is. They are also rich in potassium content, which proves to be useful for those having health problems like muscle cramps. The build up of cramps or stress after performing exercises can be reduced greatly by the intake of these fruits. These fruits are also sliced and used in the preparation of salads. Different kinds of baked foods also include red bananas in their ingredients. A healthy amount of these fruits helps keep the body fit.

Red banana is a highly nutritious fruit, which has many different uses in food. You should try and incorporate it into your diet as far as possible.