Banana chips are slices of bananas that are or dried naturally or deep-fried. The are considered a delicacy in southeast Asian Countries, but are also exported overseas to Europe and North-Amrica.
The banana chips are usually made from the Saba and Cardava varieties of Musa sapientum. The bananas are picked in their mature green stage, peeled, washed, sliced and fried in vegetable oil to get the crispy and golden end product. Often, a syrup containing a bit of honey is added before drying.
The vast majority of the banana chips originate from the Philippines, but they are also a delicacy in countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia (kripik pisang) and India.
Are banana chips a healthy alternative to other snacks? Yes, bananas are very healthy, but the chips are deep-fried in oil and that is detrimental to the health potential of the chips. Consume with care if you're on a diet.