New banana has edible peel

New banana has edible peel

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First there was ruby chocolate and silent snacks for eating at the movies, now there is a the Mongee (pronounced ‘mon-gay’) banana – a banana with edible skin. The Mongee (the name means ‘incredible’) is grown by D&T Farm, in Japan’s Okayama Prefecture, using the ‘freeze-thaw’ method, which mimics the temperatures and growing conditions of the ice age. Unlike today, when bananas are a tropical fruit, ice age banana plants endured long periods of hibernation and grew in temperatures as low as 12 or 13°C. To recreate the environment from 20,000 years ago, farmers at D&T first freeze the banana saplings to -60°C, then thaw them out and replant them. The temperature changes encourage the seedlings to grow very rapidly, and results in a much sweeter, and 100 percent edible, fruit. An added bonus is that the freeze-thaw method does not involve pesticides or genetic modification.

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