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