The large purple stem that forms below a bunch of bananas is cut off to increase size of bananas and is a gourmet treat throughout Asia. Banana Flowers can be eaten raw, stir fied, broiled, cooked, used as a soup, or to compliment a rice dish.
Banana, plantain or Musa paradisiaca is a large, herbaceous plant native to India and Southeast Asia. Purple buds appear from the heart of the tip of the stem and develop into tubular, white flowers. Along with dietary fibers, proteins and unsaturated fatty acids, banana flowers are also rich in vitamin E and flavonoids. They are part of many cuisines in the world. Banana flowers also possess immense medicinal value which include: a very effective cure for menstrual disorders like painful menstruation and bleeding. It is also supposed to be a good lactating agent and maybe that is why our grandmothers recommend that we have it during the pregnancy period and after. It is also a good source for Vitamin A,C.
Ethanol-based extracts of banana flowers inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria such as Bacillus subtalis, Bacillus cereus, and Escherichia coli in the laboratory and may help heal wounds and prevent infections, says Mumtaz Jahan, author of a study published in a 2010 issue of the “Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research.” Another study published in the January 2011 edition of the journal “Parasitology Research” states that ethyl acetate extracts of banana flower may inhibit the growth of the malarial parasite Plasmodium falciparum in vitro. However, these benefits have not been proved in clinical studies. source:www.livestrong.com
So there you have it… why not begin your culinary journey by eating exotic banana flowers in a variety of gourmet Asian dishes, which come with a bonus that has many nutritional and health benefits.
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QUOTE: “Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.” ~Voltaire
THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:There are over four hundred varieties of bananas with the yellow Cavendish being the most favored in America. Americans consume an annual average of twenty-five pounds of bananas per person. Bananas are the world’s best-selling fruit, outranking the apple and orange.
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Plants and animals hold medicinal, agricultural, ecological, commercial and aesthetic/recreational value. Endangered species must be protected and saved so that future generations can experience their presence and value. Plants and animals are responsible for a variety of useful medications. In fact, about forty percent of all prescriptions written today are composed from the natural compounds of different species. These species not only save lives, but they contribute to a prospering pharmaceutical industry worth over $40 billion annually. Unfortunately, only 5% of known plant species have been screened for their medicinal values, although we continue to lose up to 100 species daily.
ZENTRAVELER SAYS:To help spice up your life why not try new and exciting exotic fruits and vegetables.
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