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Wednesday 20 June 2018

'Incredible' €5 bananas with edible peel made at -60C

The Mongee banana is made using a pesticide-free cultivation technique called “freeze thaw awakening”, which involves keeping the fruits in temperatures as low as -60C (stock photo)
The Mongee banana is made using a pesticide-free cultivation technique called “freeze thaw awakening”, which involves keeping the fruits in temperatures as low as -60C (stock photo)

Danielle Demetriou

A fully edible banana, which can be eaten skin and all, has been developed in Japan.

The Mongee banana was pioneered by Setsuzo Tanaka, technical development manager at D&T Farm in Okayama Prefecture, western Japan.

The bananas are made using a pesticide-free cultivation technique called "freeze thaw awakening", which involves keeping the fruits in temperatures as low as -60C.

Tetsuya Tanaka, of D&T Farm, said: "The motivation for its development was the fact he [Setsuzo Tanaka] wanted to eat a banana that was delicious and safe."

Supplies of the Mongee - which means "incredible" in Okayama dialect - are currently limited to small batches of 10 sold locally every week, each one priced at 648 yen (€4.73). But Mr Tanaka said: "I would like to sell these bananas without agricultural chemicals around the world."

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