Most Thai people adore bananas when it comes to something sweet! It is a versatile fruit that can be cooked in a multitude of ways. Today we feature something which is a little different and, maybe not quite traditional, Thai fare. Nonetheless, it is a delicious treat. How about banana spring rolls?
Long the poor cousin of banana fritters, Thai fried banana spring rolls are actually a lot easier to make. You can use either spring roll wrappers or rice paper for tasty banana rice paper rolls. No mucking around making a batter, just roll them up inside the beautifully thin wrapper and you are done with the preparation.
You know how crispy and delicious savory Thai spring rolls are – now imagine that golden crunchy coating around a banana, topped with some honey, shredded coconut and sesame seeds. I think the banana is better protected in a spring roll coating and the result is delicious dessert spring rolls.
Keep reading for our tasty banana spring rolls recipe as well as some handy info on the oh-so-popular fruit.
A World of Bananas
But which type of banana should you use? We take a look at the world of bananas and come up with some surprising facts.
Bananas are the world’s most popular fruit. The most common variety in the west, which is sold almost everywhere is called the Cavendish banana. However, there are believed to be more than 1000 varieties throughout the world.
Not only is it the world’s most popular fruit but bananas are grown in more than 150 countries (about ¾ of all countries). However, the original bananas are believed to have come from South East Asia and Australia.
Did you know?
Banana trees, which grow up to fifteen feet in height are actually the world’s tallest herbs? Despite what many may think, the fruit is actually considered to be a berry.
If you are concerned about washing fruit in water before eating then the banana, along with citrus fruits, is your best friend because of its built-in cover. According to the US Department of Agriculture, bananas have lots of health benefits:
- Help combat heart disease
- Help combat depression and mood
- Assist with digestion and weight loss
- Improve vision (not just carrots)
- Are great for bone health
- May protect against some cancers and type 2 diabetes
Although Cavendish bananas are the most common in the west, plantains (especially in Latin America and the Caribbean) and Thai bananas (throughout Asia) can now be sourced in the West. In fact, for the recipe below we used Thai bananas. They are a stubbier (shorter) version of the Cavendish and are perfectly sweet.
You can read more about the many benefits of bananas here.
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