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Fei bananas are squat, thick, and have prominent ridges running the length of the peel making them slightly angular and round. The peel, when mature, is bright orange with blushes of red, yellow, and some black cracking. The flesh is semi-firm and ranges from yellow to orange. Fei bananas grow in an upright pattern, and the bracts are a bright shiny green. When cooked, Fei bananas are tender and starchy with sweet and tangy flavors.
Fei bananas are available year-round.
Fei bananas, botanically classified as Musa troglodytarum, are the fruits of a large perennial plant and are members of the Musa, or banana family. Also known as Fe’i banana, Fehi banana, Hueta, Tahitian Red cooking banana, Mai’A He’I in Hawaiian, and Fei Shi Jiao in Chinese, Fei bananas are cultivated on a local level in Tahiti and are a prized food source and material for construction. The leaves are used for plates, roofing materials, and woven to make ropes and floating rafts. The pink sap of the plant can also be used as a dye to make ink. Fei bananas have grown increasingly rare as new banana varieties have been introduced to the island, but a local movement is striving to raise awareness and regain popularity of the historical fruit.
Fei bananas are an excellent source of potassium, calcium, carotenoids, and vitamin E.
Fei bananas are best suited for cooked applications such as boiling, roasting, and baking. Similar to plantains, Fei bananas have a high starch content and retain their shape when boiled or roasted and are commonly used in chicken, pork, and beef dishes. They are also cooked with sweet potatoes in curry-based dishes. Fei bananas pair well with fresh coconut cream, aromatics such as garlic, onion, and red curry paste, sweet potatoes, Thai red chili peppers, cilantro, lime, and rice. Fei bananas will keep up to four days when stored in a cool and dry place.
In Samona, there is a legend that depicts how Fei bananas earned their upright growth habits. The legend states that there was a great battle between the mountain banana, the Fei banana, and the lowland banana. The Fei banana won and held its head high in victory growing upright, while the lowland banana dropped its head and never raised it again, growing down towards the earth. Fei bananas represent strength and prestige and are a symbol of power.
Fei bananas are believed to be native to the New Guinea area and largely stayed on a local level, only being spread to neighboring lands in the Pacific via explorers. Fei bananas were first recorded in botanist Georg Rumpf’s book Herbarium amboinensis in 1747. Today Fei bananas can be found in local markets in Fiji, Indonesia, Tahiti, and Hawaii.