A peeled banana against a blue background
The Unique Summer Banana Isn't Even A Banana
By Arianna Endicott
The Summer Banana apple isn’t a hybrid between the two fruits, but rather is named for its aroma. As the apples ripen, a mild scent similar to that of bananas wafts off of them.
The apple’s exterior also bears a slight resemblance to a banana’s, as it ripens to a yellow-green color, though the skin can also be decorated with pinkish or reddish spots.
Cultivated in the mid-1800s in South Carolina, the Summer Banana apple has a short shelf life and is best purchased from orchards or farmers’ markets in late summer and early fall.
The apples can be enjoyed on their own as a quick snack, but can also be fried into sweet fritters for a delicious dessert or used in an apple pie to create an interesting aroma.