Red bananas are a rare sight in American markets. Their skin goes from wine colored to nearly black. The flesh of the fruit will be anything from creamy white to salmon pink. Red banana hands have short, fat fingers.
This is an ornamental banana plant with beautiful reddish leaves and burgundy leaf stalks.
They are usually sweeter than Cavendish (standard grocery store) bananas. Some people find them too sweet for fresh eating but like them for baking. This is their most common use.
Many people like them best when they are very ripe--skin almost black. Be careful of leaving them too long. When bananas become over ripe, they begin to ferment. You can smell this and it has a definite taste. I don't even like to cook with them once this happens. They're too far gone.
If you want to grow your own, these are the different types of bananas that produce red-skinned fruit:
Haa Haa - Rare 10 - 12 foot plant produces fruit with orange flesh and purple/black skin.