There are more than 500 types of bananas, although only a few make it to the market. By far the most common banana in the United States is the Cavendish, though it is certainly never labeled as such. A growing number of markets also sell so-called “finger bananas”—an umbrella term for a variety of small bananas.
The Burro banana is occasionally sold under the name chunky banana as it is stubbier and more of a square shape than the common banana. This banana is built much like the burro animal, short and stocky. 3-5″ long with squared rather than round sides. It has a lively lemony flavor. Its peel is a rich, vivid, dark green that turns deep yellow with characteristic black spots when ripe.
The flesh can be a velvet white to yellow.When young, the flesh of the Burro banana is tart and tangy with notes of apple and lime. As the fruit matures, the yellow flesh is soft on the outside with a slightly crisp textured center. A ripe Burro banana’s flavor is creamy sweet with lemon undertones. The burro should be eaten when ripened to a golden yellow.
Cavendish Bananas: This is the familiar yellow banana sold in United States’ supermarkets. There are also other sizes of Cavendish, including Dwarf and Giant, though they are difficult to find.
Ice Cream (Blue Java) Bananas: These rather chubby bananas can grow to up to 7 inches long. The skin is a blotchy, silvery-blue and the flesh is creamy white. The flavor is somewhat like rich ice cream.
Manzano Bananas: Also called apple bananas, these short chubby bananas have a mild flavor reminiscent of apples (and some say strawberries). The skin turns black when fully ripe.
Red Bananas: These sweet bananas have purple or maroon skin when ripe. Their flesh is creamy white tinged with pink or orange.
Plantains: Plantains belong to the same plant family as bananas, but they have high starch content, and are cooked and served like a vegetable. When allowed to ripen, some varieties of plantain go through the same color changes as bananas, but they won’t become as sweet.
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