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Red Bananas. Tell me about 'em

DiningDiva Jul 13, 2009 07:36 PM

I picked up a couple of red bananas last weekend, mostly out of curiosity. What do/can I do with them now. They're about 6-7 inches long and pretty firm...yeah, right...don't EVEN go there, this is a serious question. Will they soften up? Are they sweet like an eating banana or starchy like a plantain. No, I have no idea what variety they are the lable just said Red Bananas product of Ecuador.

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    mountaincachers Feb 4, 2010 03:03 AM

    The red bananas sold in my grocery store are little. They taste like regular bananas, but a little more floral flavor once they ripen. When they are underripe they have a more starchy flavor. I like my yellow bananas with no brown spots, but the red ones aren't any good (IMHO) until they are fairly brown looking.

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    1. re: mountaincachers
      DiningDiva Feb 4, 2010 08:15 AM

      Wow, this was a really old thread. My red bananas were also small and they never got particularly ripe in the soft sense. The flavor was reminescent of a regualr banana, perhaps a bit more floral. In spite of sitting on my kitchen counter along with other fruit, they never softened up and they never turned black.

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        mountaincachers Feb 4, 2010 03:31 PM

        Yes, I realized after posting that your OP was last July. I guess it just showed up because of Lyntc10's response. My bananas never got as soft as regular bananas, but did eventually turn brown. In fact, I have purchased them at a huge discount because the grocery store was about to throw them away just as they were finally ripe. I haven't purchased as many recently because they seem less consistent in their flavor/sweetness than the yellow ones.

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      lyntc10 Feb 2, 2010 06:26 PM

      They are exactly like yellow bananas, just a different color. They will get soft just like yellow bananas. banana chips that are sold ins tores are actually made from red bananas.

      1. Dagney Aug 3, 2009 03:59 PM

        I was in Panama earlier this year and saw red bananas. Have you posted this on one of the SA boards?

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