The ice cream banana tree is an exotic banana plant. This paradisiacal tree bears a uniquely sweet banana fruit.
Banana trees come in over a thousand different varieties. However, the appearance and flavor of the ice cream banana help it stand out from the others. These bananas have an intense blue-green hue when they first start to form.
This is where the name “blue java” banana comes from, though the color doesn’t stay this way. As the fruit ripens, the blueish-green will change to a creamy yellow. These bananas are known for their delightful flavor. Ice cream bananas have a soft texture and taste like vanilla ice cream.
Ice cream banana trees are indigenous to Southeast Asia and Northern Australia. These trees thrive in subtropical and tropical climates. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ice cream banana trees can be grown in plant hardiness zones of 8-11.
These trees can be grown indoors or as a patio plant in zones 4-11. Ice cream banana trees are small to medium-sized plants and can grow up to 20 feet tall. A single plant can produce up to 240 bananas. The bananas have thick skin and can grow up to nine inches in length.