Depending on its growing region, these strange looking bananas have several names like Colorado, Lal kela, red bananas, the Red Spanish, and Red Cuban.
However, their official botanical name is Red Dacca. This plant is extremely vigorous and highly resistant which has the ability to produce bunches with up to one hundred fruits. These type of bananas are the most sought after “alternative” banana variety to common yellow bananas within industrialized countries in the world.
Yellow bananas contain less beta carotene and vitamin C than red bananas. On the other hand, all types of bananas contain 3 natural sources of sugar such as sucrose, fructose and glucose, thus making them a source of instant and sustainable energy.
Even though red bananas can be great for fresh-eating, it is recommended to eat them as a baking variety for both desserts and semi-savory dishes. When It comes to desserts, they should be prepared along with some other fruits like apples, stone fruit, berries such as strawberries and blueberries, citrus, lemongrass, cream, yogurt and mint. On the other hand, if prepared within savory dishes, people should definitely add cream, chilies, pork, chicken, black beans, limes, mango, pineapple and nuts such as cashews and hazelnuts.
These bananas are the most important food for the Piro tribe who lives in the jungles of Peru. They give red bananas as a gift on all their celebrations. Moreover, young boys from the tribe compete to climb banana trees the fastest and the highest. People from this tribe have a superstitious belief that one part of the banana has a good side while the other part, a bad side. This means that if you open a banana on the bad side, you are inviting a bad omen into your life. In order to avoid this problem, they have a culturally specific method to opening the banana. In other words, they twist the banana from the middle in order to negate the bad side of it.
Red bananas originate from India and Southeast Asia and their native ancestors also originate from there. However, they have been transported into similar sub-tropical regions where they can flourish through trade routes. Some of these regions are: Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the Pacific Islands.