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The cavendish banana is perhaps the most popular in the banana kingdom, and, by extension, the produce department. However, that is just one of scores of the world’s banana varieties. When ripe, bananas come in various sizes and colours, including yellow, purple and red. Traversing the parish of St James, the Cross Country team spotted two banana trees bearing the reddish-purple-skinned fruit. While the older generation may be more familiar with this colour of the fruit, the younger generation may not. This exotic fruit is smaller and plumper than the more traditional yellow one. The flesh of a ripe banana is cream to slightly pink in colour. The fruit has a sweet, creamy flavour and is also very aromatic. Everton Moore, 80, the farmer tending to the bananas and other fruit on the Beckles Gap property in the parish, told the team he used to see more of the red-skinned bananas in days gone by. “It is normal. It is just like an ordinary banana,” said Moore with a smile, as he tried to convince photographer Nigel Browne, who expressed great surprise at the colour of the fruit, that such a banana actually existed. “When they begin to get ripe, then they start to turn red. These are not fully ripe yet. It is a regular type, but I can’t tell you how many people have these now,” he said, pointing at the interesting fruit. The red banana is said to have originated in Costa Rica. However, they are widely eaten in other parts of Central America and other regions of the world. People recommend that you eat the red bananas when they are soft, but not mushy.