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Pisang Tanduk Bananas
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Pisang Tanduk bananas are long and curved, averaging 5-8 centimeters in diameter. The horn-shaped fruit has a thick peel that is green when immature and yellow when ripe. The inner flesh is yellow to cream-colored and has a semi-firm texture. When green, Pisang Tanduk bananas are slightly sour, but when mature and cooked, they become creamy and sweet.
Pisang Tanduk bananas are available year-round.
Pisang Tanduk bananas, botanically classified as Musa paradisia, are one of the largest banana varieties and can grow to over twelve centimeters in length. Tanduk translates to horn in English and Pisang Tanduk bananas are also known as a Horn banana, Cow Horn banana, Cooking banana, Kluai Nga Chang, and Tindok. Pisang Tanduk bananas are considered a cooking variety because of their sour taste when raw and are known for their unusual shape and excellent frying capabilities.
Pisang Tanduk bananas are a good source of potassium, magnesium, and fiber.
Pisang Tanduk bananas are best suited for cooked applications such as frying, boiling, baking, and steaming. They are popularly sliced, pan fried or deep fried, and served with a peanut sauce, with eggs, or stuffed with sweetened beans. They can be steamed and served with grated coconut, and they can also be sliced thin and baked into chips as a snack. Pisang Tanduk bananas pair well with chickpeas, lentils, black beans, rice, tomatoes, onions, cumin, garlic, and eggs. Pisang Tanduk bananas will keep for a couple of weeks, depending on maturity, and should be stored at room temperature.
Pisang Tanduk bananas are a staple in Malaysian cuisine because of their availability all year round. The Javanese like to plant Pisang Tanduk banana trees in their home gardens and enjoy using the bananas in gorengan, a banana fritter, and rujak, which is a fruit salad. Pisang Tanduk bananas can be found in the Javanese settlements of Johor, Malacca, Pahang, and Selangor across Malaysia.
Pisang Tanduk bananas are believed to be native to Southeast Asia and have been naturalized and cultivated across the world. Today, Pisang Tanduk bananas can be found at local markets in Asia, Africa, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.