Isn’t it a shame that only one or two kinds of bananas are available in most American grocery stores? With so many varieties of bananas around the world, wouldn’t it be great if we could sample something besides the same big, yellow variety that dominates the American market? As was discussed in a recent post, Americans are missing out on many less common bananas.

brucesw‘s favorites are red bananas; they’re “luscious and creamy when fully ripe, with hints of vanilla,” he says. Other varieties have flavors reminiscent of different fruits. Short, stubby “burros” have citrus notes and a slightly crispy center, while “manzanos” have an apple flavor, brucesw says. If you’re used to crisp apples, it’s a surprising juxtaposition to eat something creamy with an apple flavor. “An interesting novelty, and one I’d be willing to eat again,” says benbenberi.

Discuss: Can we have more bananas?
Is there such a thing as a “bad” banana; or to put it another way, is there such a thing as a “really good” banana?

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