According to many experts, Blue Java Bananas (“ice cream bananas”) are the best bananas in the world. Why they are melting in the mouth they taste like vanilla. The advantage of these bananas is that they can be grown in colder climates.
The process of the extinction of this monoculture of Cavendish bananas races constantly, but it can be preserved by planting this variety. Some people plant them right in their backyard, especially those who live in the southern half or West Coast of the United States.
This kind of bananas originated in Southeast Asia and are prevalent throughout the Hawaiian Islands. They are not like most of the tropical fruit trees, because they can withstand temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit, so they will thrive in USDA plant hardiness zones 8-10 — that is, across the South and most of California, parts of the Pacific Northwest:
What makes them different from other banana species is they taste of vanilla ice cream! They are creamier and fluffier than the typical Chiquita banana and have a flavor reminiscent of vanilla bean.
Because of this preference, they could be the perfect ingredients for the famous, single-ingredient banana ice cream. Its popularity is due to non-dairy containment, it is super easy to make and healthy, as well!
They are ready for harvesting when the beautiful blue peels ripen to a soft yellow. After removing peels you can freeze them, stick them in a Vitamix, or better yet a banana ice cream maker.
The biggest trouble is to find them in your surroundings, so you need to visit a specialty grocer nearby. However, the good news is that they can be easily grown and produce fast.
If you are enthusiastic about this, you can buy a potted tree online and have bananas within 9 months.
All of you who live in one of the zones above can plant it outside. If you want to plant them inside then you need a place with tall ceilings indoors. A greenhouse or sunroom would be an ideal place for growing this kind of banana.
Additionally, Blue Java Bananas make beautiful ornamentals, as they have big red flowers and silvery blue leaves.