Thais adore bananas when it comes to something sweet! It is cooked in a multitude of ways. Today we feature something which is a little different and, maybe, not quite traditional, Thai fare. But it is delicious, nonetheless. How about banana spring rolls?
Long the poor cousin of banana fritters, banana spring rolls are actually a lot easier to make using either spring roll wrappers of rice paper. 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 and the result is a great tasting dessert.
But which type of banana should you use? We take a look at the world of bananas and come up with some surprising facts. Continue on to read all about it.
A World of Bananas
Bananas are the world’s most popular fruit and the most common variety in the west that is sold 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).
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? And further, the fruit is actually considered to be a berry.
If you are concerned about washing fruit in (dirty) water before eating, then the banana, along with citrus, is your best friend. According to the US Department of Agriculture, bananas:
- 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 very 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 did use Thai bananas. They are a stubbier (shorter) version of the Cavendish and are nicely sweet.
You can read more about the pleasure of bananas here at a rather good, UK site.
Banana Spring Rolls
It’s great if you can source Thai bananas for this but it certainly isn’t mandatory. You will achieve just as good a result using Cavendish bananas but you may need to trim them so they fit inside the spring roll wrapper. We explain how to roll spring rolls here, albeit with savory ingredients. For bananas, the wrapping occurs in exactly the same manner.
Finishing off the cooked banana spring roll with some honey, shredded coconut and sesame seeds keeps it light and slightly sweet. By all means add ice cream if you so desire.
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