Fact Check: Blue Java Bananas ARE Real -- But They Do NOT Stay Blue Or Have Blue Flesh Like The Banana In This Photo

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
Fact Check: Blue Java Bananas ARE Real -- But They Do NOT Stay Blue Or Have Blue Flesh Like The Banana In This Photo Kind Of Blue

Do "Blue Java" bananas, a variety of bananas that have bluish peels, exist? Yes, that's true: the bananas' peels take on a bluish-green appearance when unripe and have a distinctive texture and flavor, often compared to ice cream. However, when ripe, the peels turn yellow and no real banana, not even a Blue Java, is baby blue inside and out like the banana shown in this photo.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) published on July 18, 2021. The post featured a graphic of two images of blue bananas that read:

This is Blue Java banana and it tastes like Vanilla ice cream. According to experts, it is primarily grown in South East Asia and is very much popular in Hawaii.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook on July 19, 2021:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Jul 19 19:10:30 2021 UTC)

The Blue Java banana goes by many names: Ice Cream banana, Ney Mannan banana and Blue Lubin banana are just a few of the titles given to the fruit around the world. The banana is a part of the ABB genome group and thus a hybrid of the Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana wild species of banana, both of which originated in Southeast Asia. The Blue Java banana is typically grown in warm environments, including Hawaii, Fiji and even in Florida by growers.

However, the Facebook post's images of the bananas are not accurate. In an email to Lead Stories on July 19, 2021, Rachel Chase, associate scientist of the Banana Genetic Resources and Management Systems Programme, said:

Those photos [are] definitely fake. No banana exists in that colour!

Here is a Weird Fruit Explorer review video featuring real Blue Java bananas, unripe and ripe. While the peel colors are noticeably different, the "blueness" of the unripened banana is debatable:

blue java bananas video.PNG

(Source: YouTube screenshot at 1:30-mark, taken Mon Jul 19 18:10:35 2021 UTC)

Unlike the photo pasted with the Facebook claim, the fruit of the real Blue Java banana is nearly white:

inside of blue java banana.PNG

(Source: YouTube screenshot at 3:21-mark, taken Mon Jul 19 18:16:35 2021 UTC)

The creamy texture of the Blue Java banana is often compared to ice cream, although reviewers have said that it does not necessarily taste like ice cream.

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  Christiana Dillard

Christiana Dillard is a former news writer for Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a freelance writer for several organizations including the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pitt Magazine, and The Heinz Endowments. When she’s not producing or studying media she’s binging it, watching YouTube videos or any interesting series she can find on streaming services.

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