Eat Local Spotlight: Apple Bananas

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Go Apple Bananas!

Fun Facts About Hawaii’s Apple Bananas

• The name says it all! They’re called “apple bananas” because their sweet-tart flavor resembles that of an apple.

• They’re small but mighty.  Typically smaller than regular bananas, apple bananas are packed with vitamin B6, potassium and fiber.

• Save ’em for another day.  Save overripe bananas by peeling and slicing them, spreading the pieces on a baking sheet, freezing them, and then storing the frozen chunks in a container in your freezer.

• Dress to impress!  While many would argue that apple bananas are best in their natural state, they’re also delicious dipped in chocolate and coated with nuts.

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Did You Know?

What do apple bananas, dolphins and pigs have in common?

A protruding nose! You can tell apple bananas from other similar varieties by their telltale “pig snout” tip.


Fresh Banana Lumpia

Watch How to Make It

Fresh Banana Lumpia

A deep-fried Filipino dessert that’s always a local favorite!
  • 4 apple bananas, ripe but firm
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 8 lumpia wrappers, thawed according to package directions
  • water, to seal lumpia
  • oil, for frying
  1. Peel apple bananas and cut each in half lengthwise. Roll each half in brown sugar.
  2. Arrange one lumpia wrapper with a single corner pointing toward you.
  3. Lay one banana half across the wrapper, corner to corner. Fold the corner closest to you over the banana, toward the opposite corner. Fold the two side corners in and roll the banana up tightly.
  4. Dab the corner with a bit of water to seal and secure. Wrap each banana half in the same manner. While wrapping, heat oil in a pot over medium high heat.
  5. Deep-fry a few lumpia at a time (being careful not to overcrowd the pot) until each is golden brown on all sides.
  6. Drain on a rack set over paper towels. Serve immediately.

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