Apple bananas are distinguished by their size, texture and flavor. Apple bananas are stout and plump, with a thick taut peel. The light, cream colored flesh’s texture is firm when young growing to be tender and creamy when ripe. When young the Apple banana is both tangy and sweet with apple nuances. As the fruit ripens, it will develop a far more tropical flavor profile, with notes of pineapple and strawberry. The Apple banana has a memorable, complex scent marked by a strong tart-apple aroma.
Apple bananas are commonly used as a dessert banana once they reach peak maturity. They can also be used in savory dishes both cold and hot. The sweetness of an Apple banana can be paired with other sweet and rich ingredients. It can also offer a contrast to tart and sour flavors. Complimentary pairings include apples, stonefruit, berries such as strawberries and blueberries, citrus, lemongrass, cream, yogurt, bacon, smoked meats, mint and nuts such as cashews and macadamia nuts.