Red banana: an exotic experience for fruit lovers

Red banana: an exotic experience for fruit lovers

Appearance and origin

This type of banana originally comes from India. Today the following countries are among the main cultivation areas:

  • Brazil
  • Ecuador
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Mexico
  • Phillipines
  • Thailand

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Red bananas (Musa acuminata) are a little smaller than the yellow fruit bananas known in this country. They also have a somewhat angular shape. Their skin is very thick and firm. Even at first glance, these bananas differ due to their red-brown color. In Germany you can usually get dark red copies. However, these are only ripe after a few days, as soon as the skin eases a little pressure and becomes darker.

The pulp is characterized by its particularly juicy consistency. It is dark yellow to slightly reddish in color.


Often the banana is not consumed in Germany because it reminds a little of overripe bananas. A taste of this exotic fruit is definitely worth it, despite the intense price.


Red bananas are high in potassium and fiber. The easily digestible fruit is particularly suitable for children, vegans, diabetics and raw foodists due to its high vitamin content.

Vitamins and nutrients:

  • iron
  • fluorine
  • calcium
  • magnesium
  • manganese
  • selenium
  • zinc
  • Vitamins A, B, C, E


Children or allergy sufferers should first enjoy a small amount of this fruit in order to test it for tolerance.


The intense aroma of the red banana unfolds especially when consumed raw. But it is also very popular as a fried, boiled or baked variant. Mainly savory recipes dominate. In soups or cakes they can be wonderfully combined with ginger, red pepper or alternatively with chili peppers.


Red bananas ripen quickly at room temperature. Apples support this process wonderfully at around 15 degrees Celsius. Both fruits are kept in a closed container for this purpose. In no case is the refrigerator suitable for storage.

If the ends of the banana show signs of rot, you can cut them off. The interfaces dry up again by themselves. The pulp is not infected.

Tips & Tricks

Red bananas come in a dried form as a powder. Vegans appreciate them as a sweet basis for fresh smoothies.