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Brief Published: 19 Jan 2018

Edible Banana Peel

D&T Farms

Japanese agricultural research company D&T Farm has developed a new banana variety that has a completely edible skin.

The fruit, called the mongee banana, is produced using the 'freeze-thaw' method, whereby bananas are cultivated in temperatures mimicking conditions of the ice age.

To achieve this, the research farmers first freeze the banana saplings to -60C, then thaw and replant. The change in temperature encourages the banana plants to grow at a rapid rate over the course of four months, resulting in a sweeter product that is 100% edible. The process is also completely void of any chemical or pesticide interference or genetic modification.

The skin of the mongee banana is high in vitamin B6, magnesium and tryptophan – a strain of serotonin that is said to aid sleep.

This process not only eliminates waste but also allows for growth of the crop in cooler climates, potentially reducing food shortages in the future, according to D&T.

For more on how food producers are providing solutions for future food sustainability, see Feeding Tomorrow's Consumers and Reframing Rare.

For more recent examples of sustainable food production techniques, see Making Food from Electricity and Extreme Ingredients.

For earlier iterations of next-gen natural produce, see Strange Fruit.