20 Sep Green vs Yellow Bananas: What’s the Difference?
Bananas are typically harvested while they’re still green. This helps ensure they don’t get too ripe before you buy them.
Therefore, you might see them in this color in the supermarket.
Besides being different in color, green and yellow bananas differ in several ways:
- Taste: Green bananas are less sweet. They’re actually quite bitter in taste.
- Texture: Green bananas are firmer than yellow bananas. Their texture has sometimes been described as waxy.
- Composition: Green bananas are higher in starches. As bananas ripen and turn yellow, the starches transform into sugars.
Additionally, green bananas are harder to peel, while ripe bananas are easy to peel.
Green and yellow bananas are both good sources of many important nutrients.
Although the exact nutrient profile of green bananas is not available, they should contain the same micronutrients as when they are ripe.
A green or yellow medium-sized banana (118 grams) contains (5):
- Fiber: 3.1 grams
- Potassium: 12% of the RDI
- Vitamin B6: 20% of the RDI
- Vitamin C: 17% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 8% of the RDI
- Copper: 5% of the RDI
- Manganese: 15% of the RDI
This is coming with around 105 calories, of which more than 90% come from carbs. Additionally, bananas are very low in fat and protein.