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But the Japanese Mongee Banana is not easy to find.

Charlie Heller
January 24, 2018

With what is essentially a built-in carrying case, bananas are already one of the most convenient fruits around. But what if the peel itself was edible too? The wild world that must be springing up within your imagination at the thought just got even wilder, because it just so happens to be the world in which we already live, thanks to the Mongee banana (pronounced mon-gay), created by D&T Farm of Japan.

Having apparently not internalized the lesson of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the agricultural research company brought the infinite potential powers of science ever closer into humanity's grasp by engineering the Mongee banana, which features an edible peel.

This may sound like hyperbole, but consider the methods D&T described to the New York Post. Bananas are normally grown in tropical climates at around 80 degrees, but the Mongee banana saplings are grown on trees kept at negative 75 degrees — quite an unnerving growth temperature for anything. They are then replanted once thawed, in a method called "freeze thaw awakening." Supposedly, this is meant to imitate how plants grew during the ice age 20,000 years ago, and causes bananas to grow to full banana maturity in four months, instead of the normal two years.

More importantly, it makes for a thinner, edible skin. According to Rocket News 24, that skin doesn't have much flavor, but is fairly easy to eat, especially via D&T's recommended method of slicing up the banana whole, skin-on, and eating it slice by slice. The banana itself is stickier and sweeter as well compared to the average banana, but if all that sounds like a banana you want, be prepared to wait. In addition to costing $5.75 per banana, only 10 Mongees are available to buy each week, and only in Okayama, Japan at that.