Types of Bananas

Selection, Storage and Availability

Commercially grown bananas are picked green. They mature once picked, so there is no benefit to choosing ripe fruit except if the bananas are to be eaten soon after purchasing. Choose greener bananas for longer use or ripe yellow bananas to eat soon after purchase. Do not store bananas in the refrigerator as the skin will blacken and become spotty. If you wish to speed up the ripening process place bananas in a brown paper bag with a ripe banana or apple. Bananas can be frozen whole or in pieces. They are available all year with the greatest supply in Summer and Autumn.

Nutrition Information

Bananas are high in Vitamin C, B6, Potassium, folate, niacin, riboflavin, fibre and anti-oxidants.

Lady Finger (Sugar) Bananas

These are a smaller, chunkier and sweeter banana with a lemony taste. Ideal for lunchboxes or kids snacks.

Cavendish Bananas

These are the most popular Australian banana. They can come in a range of sizes from small to large. These are good bananas to use in baking, icecream or smoothies.

Plantains or Cooking Bananas

These bananas are not enjoyable when eaten fresh. Plantains are used in their cooked form in many Asian cuisines.