Oh my, what do we have here? How many of you guessed that these oddly-colored bananas were plantains? If you count yourself among them, you would be wrong! In fact, they are RED BANANAS, not plantains. And if you haven't tried these sweet delights yet, you should.
It's possible that you've had them before since red bananas are one of the varieties commonly used for store bought dried bananas. And very much UNLIKE the not-so-sweet plantain, the red banana is great for eating out of hand. They are sweeter with hints of vanilla and raspberry. Red bananas are also softer, so be prepared for that, which is when they taste best.
The peel of the red banana can range from red to maroon or purple, to almost black when they are very ripe. The banana inside might look exactly the same at first to the Cavendish (yes, that's the name of the yellow ones you have been eating all of your life), but a closer look shows they can be pinkish or salmon-yellow in color. They are also somewhat smaller and plumper than the traditional Cavendish variety. You should eat them when they are soft and dark in color.
So, if you've been aching to try something new, stop in and pick some up. I've already had some customers admit that they won't go back to the traditional variety so long as the reds are available. And the best part about red bananas? They are great for taking into work for breakfast or lunch and freaking out your co-workers!