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A Banana Grown At Subzero Temps Also Has An Edible Peel

Banana crops aren't in the best shape, but new varieties could help. Japanese Mongee bananas debuted this winter, bred to be cold-resistant and pesticide-free. Plus, you can eat the peel.
Mongee bananas reportedly sell for $6 each in Japan. Right now, they're very much a boutique crop. Source: Courtesy of D&T Farm Inc.

A Japanese farm introduced a new crop this winter: an organic banana with a peel that's thin enough to eat. In a nod to this appealing outer covering, Setsuzo Tanaka, the banana's inventor, has named his creation the Mongee ("mon-gay") banana — which means "incredible banana" in Japanese.

"Setsuzo's original purpose was to make a delicious banana with no pesticides," Tetsuya Tanaka, a spokesperson for , the company behind the banana, writes in an email. Setsuzo Tanaka spent four

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