News on the grapevine is that bananas have hit a new evolutionary, zero-waste high as bananas with edible skin now exist! The creation of this surprising fruit, which was developed by Japanese company D&T, started out as a ‘hobby’ for the technical development manager, according to a report in the New York Post.
The fruit, which has a fully edible skin, is cultivated using an extreme process of freezing and defrosting. This causes the fruit to grow quickly and develop a thin, tasteless skin with a texture similar to lettuce.
On its website, D&T confirms that the skin is an excellent source of vitamin B6, magnesium and tryptophan, which is a precursor of serotonin. In terms of taste, RocketNews24 reports that the flavour of the skin is very subtle.
The fruit, meanwhile, has a much more tropical and sweeter taste, rather more like pineapple. For the moment, these bananas – with only ten a week sold in one Japanese shop – are more of a curiosity than an easily accessible reality.