banana flower

This purple cone shaped vegetable is the flower part of the banana tree. This has lots of medicinal uses. It is supposed to help with easing menstrual cramping and wash out kidney stones from the body as well.  This has an astringent taste. First the purple part has to be peeled off and thrown away, not edible. On the inside you will keep getting bunch of flowers that are white and thin and elongated. Inside these flowers you peel off the long stick like one with the rounded tip as shown below which is not edible either. The rest is edible and you can make juice or dice them and boil with some water, salt and spices until soft. Add grated coconut to make it taste a little sweeter.

banana 2


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