"A Japanese company has created a banana that you do not need to peel before eating. The Mongee banana (pronounced 'mon-gay' and meaning 'amazing') has an edible skin which is said to taste like a vegetable and have a lettuce-like texture. It has been a labour of love for 68-year-old Setsuzo Tanaka from Okayama Prefecture who has spent the past 40 years perfecting the technique for growing them. Banana seedlings are frozen, then thawed and replanted, which his company, D&T Farm, calls the "freeze-thaw awakening" method. According to D&T Farm, the process makes the plants grow rapidly, cutting the typical two-year cultivation process down to six months.The bananas mature quickly, leading to thin, pliable — and edible — skins."
We wonder though if the freezing of the banana seedlings produces a higher contribution to climate change (through electricity use) than throwing and transporting regular banana peels into landfill (methane from landfill, transport emissions etc)? Or does the reduced grow time mean that less resources are being used, and more mouths can be fed? And how would either of these practices compare to eating regular bananas and composting the peels (with benefits to the planet and to communities)... Hmmm... food for thought! Thanks Renee.