We’re not monkeying around. Now, you can eat a banana waste-free with these Japanese edible-peel bananas. It’s unreal. The person snacking doesn’t peel back the leathery skin or scope out a nearby trash can — instead, they simply pick up the fruit, stick it in their mouth, and bite right through the banana’s flesh.
The bananas are called “the Mongee” — pronounced mon-gay, like monkey but with a G — and you can only find them in Japan. “Mongee” is Japanese slang for “incredible,” and we must say we agree.
They’re created without the use of genetic modification, but rather by employing what the farmers call the “freeze thawing awakening method.” This method involves growing banana trees in a chilly climate of negative 75 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s really cold), then thawing the frozen crop and replanting them. The new trees birth fast-growing, plush bananas with edible peels.
This all makes sense, but we have a few questions. One, what happens to the brown part at the bottom, what some may call the “butt” of the banana? Do you eat the banana butt, too?
Two, how do people feel eating this abnormal creation in public? Some aren’t so keen on the idea.
“I don’t want to watch someone eating that,” one disturbed Daily Meal editor complained.
We were additionally intrigued by how the peel might taste. According to those who have tried the crop, the peel is mostly tasteless. Some say it possesses a mild tropical flavor, similar to a pineapple.
The peel’s texture is allegedly tolerable, as well, mimicking the thin feel of a lettuce leaf.
On top of the enjoyable, albeit awkward, eating experience, the bananas are filled with ripe nutrition. D & T Farm claims that the banana peel is an excellent source of vitamin B6, magnesium, and tryptophan. Tryptophan is the amino acid rumored to make you sleepy, which can help trigger serotonin and make you happier.
The sugar rush you get after eating one might boost your mood, as well — the bananas have an average of 25 grams of natural sugar, making them much sweeter than the usual bananas with 18 grams. But natural sugars are okay — and the extra nutrients you’re getting from the peel are a bonus. If you’re looking for a more nutritious fruit, here are 7 of the most nutritious fruits you can eat!