Despite Japan being one of the biggest consumer market for bananas around the world, they are able to produce just 1 percent of their total consumption. The D&T farm in Okayama Prefecture, in western Japan is the only region producing bananas in the country. This farm takes into account a vintage agriculture practice to grow a special kind of bananas with thin edible skin. Dubbed as Mongee Bananas, they cost about 648 Yen (approx. US$5.75), rolling them out in the market as luxury food items.
Generally, bananas are grown in tropical climates, but D&T farm makes use of a vintage agriculture method called “Freeze Thaw Awakening”, which extracts and implements the DNA of these fruits in order to produce specimen similar to ancient times, and further makes them able to be grown in cooler climates. According to SoraNews24, bananas harvested through this technique have thin skin, making them completely eatable. They are harvested without pesticides to ensure that their skin isn’t harmful for health.
These one-of-a-kind bananas are sweeter, and have much stronger smell than regular bananas. You can buy Mongee Bananas at the Tenmanya Okayama department store. They Mongee bananas are rare, and therefore only ten bananas are available for sale each week.