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February 22, 2018
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(Finally!)... Edible Banana Skin

Farmers have invented an edible banana skin. A Japanese farm uses what it calls the “freeze thaw awakening method” to grow bananas that have a softer, digestible peel. D&T Farm said this involved slowly cooling the banana growth cells to -60C (-76F) before thawing them. “The motivation for its development was the fact he wanted to eat a banana that was delicious and safe: people can eat the peel because it is cultivated organically without chemicals.”   The result is the fruit known as Mongee bananas, which roughly translates as Incredible bananas. They went on sale last year in a department store in Okayama. Buyers are urged to wait for little brown spots to appear on the skin as a sign that the banana is ready to be eaten – in its entirety, of course. The banana has been produced only in small batches so far, so customers face a steep bill to save themselves the bother of peeling their bananas: it is currently priced at 648 yen (more than $6) per piece. The spokesman said the farm was planning to produce 10 times as many bananas this year. It was currently cultivating bananas only in Japan but was considering exporting overseas in the future.

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