What the BANANA FLOWERS?!?!
Also called banana blossoms or banana heart, I feel like I have been living in a cave not knowing these even EXISTED.
Besides being these beautiful pieces of art—a deep magenta color that hang like tear-drop shaped pendants at the end of banana clusters—THEY ARE TOTALLY EDIBLE!
How SWEET is that?! I already eat banana peels, so why not the flower too! :)
The banana flowers can be eaten raw or cooked in soups, stews, and curries. They can also be steamed and served with dips or as salads.
The taste of it is crunchy, nutty and strachy. It might take you a few bites to get acquainted with it, but it’s yummy!
Also, banana flowers are super nutritious and have many health benefits too— like potassium, magnesium, fiber, and etc.
So, let’s explore what parts of this awesome flower are edible, so you can eat that ISH!
Parts NOT Edible
- The magenta leaf/petals, also known as bracts. However, keep them to use as decorative plates for your food.
- Within the floret you need to remove the string like structure with a black tip AND the transparent feather like structure. Can be time consuming….grrrr!
- FYI: If you accidentally eat it, no worries I’ve done it too. It will just taste like a raw banana—that grainy, chalky feeling you get on your tongue.
Parts that are Edible
- The pale yellow fleshy bracts along with the tender florets and “heart” inside it.
- The other florets within the magenta bracts (with the non edibles parts removed, see above).
Preparing the Banana Flower
When preparing a banana flower, keep in mind that the banana flower oxidizes fast and turns brown.
To help combat this: rub lemon juice on your knife, cutting board, and have a bowl of water ready with salt AND lemon juice to put the florets, yellow bracts, and heart in to soak for about 30 minutes.
I definitely want to try my hands at making a yummy salad or curry with it. I can’t wait to test it out and share with you all. Or if you have any recipes you love, please SHARE!
This is just another great way to get amazing energy from real foods.
Next time you go to an asian market, look for a banana flower to buy and make something yummy from it.
Let me know in the comments if you are a fan of banana flowers!