Ice Cream Banana (Musa acuminata 'Blue Java') in the Bananas Database

Alternative cultivar names:
'Java Blue'
'Blue Java'

Common names:
Give a thumbs up Ice Cream Banana
Give a thumbs up Banana
Give a thumbs up Dwarf Banana

Also sold as:
Ice Cream

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 12 to 15 feet (3.5-4.5 m)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Silvery-green.
Fruit: Showy
Other: Bunches of silvery to bluish-green; maturing to pale yellow when ripe. Bright white flesh is said to have the taste of vanilla custard or vanilla ice cream.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Other: Deep Burgundy-Red.
Flower Time: Summer
Other: Seasonal. Bloom can occur in any season depending on size of plant and climate.
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Shade Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by OldGardener (So Cal - Zone 10b) on Jul 15, 2014 1:43 PM

This banana holds up to wind better than most due to its stronger stem and its root system. Mid-sized fruit has white flesh and is reminiscent of vanilla pudding. Prior to ripening, the fruit is bluish-green.

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