On the off chance you’ve ever been tempted to eat a banana pre-peeling (and we can’t imagine why, other than, you know, feeling lazy AF), a Japanese company named Setsuzo Tanaka has you covered. According to the New York Post, scientists have developed a banana called the Mongee, (pronounced ‘mon-gay’) with a surrounding skin that’s entirely edible. ‘Mongee,’ by the way, is Japanese slang for ‘incredible,’ which seems apt.
The science behind this revolutionary fruit involves first planting and growing banana trees in an environment that has a temperature of -76 degrees Fahrenheit. The bananas are, at just the right moment, then thawed and replanted the bananas — the change in temperature reportedly causes the plants to grow quickly, leaving the fruit with a peel that has a ‘lettuce’-like texture, D&T Farm’s spokesman Tetsuya Tanaka explained.
Japan’s Mongee Banana (pronounced “mon-gay” and “mongee” is Okayama slang for “incredible”) is a very special banana. Why? It’s only grown and produced at D&T Farm in Okayama Prefecture, and they only sell 10 bananas per week. One banana costs 648 yen (about US$5.75), but the most interesting thing about this banana is that you can eat the skin! How? They use a method called “Freeze Thaw Awakening”, which extracts and implements the DNA of fruits in order to produce specimen similar to ancient times, which then allows them to be grown in a cooler climate. Bananas produced in this way were successfully grown for the first time in November. Since they’re raised in a non-tropical climate, they don’t have any natural predators, which means no pesticides are used and Mongee Bananas are organically grown. They’re sweeter than regular bananas, with 24.8 grams of sugar, as opposed to the average 18.3 grams. Because of that, they’re also stickier and have a much stronger smell. Try this incredible edible fruit! 🍌👌🇯🇵️ (Source/Images ©SoraNews24) #freedomjapanesemarket #okayama #japan #japanese #mongee #banana #edible #edibleskin #incredible #fruit #organic #organicallygrown #snack #box #japanesefood #rare #didyouknow #fyi #info #love #delicacy #landoftherisingsun #monday #thoughts #food #foodporn #foodgasm #foodlover
Journalists at the website RocketNews 24 tried the fruit and reported some of their findings: it indeed does have very thin skin, and a strong tropical flavor similar to that of a pineapple. It’s also very sweet, with about 24.8 grams of sugar, as opposed to the average 18.3 grams in a regular banana. (The skin itself is not particularly flavorful, they added.)