Both the South Asians and Southeast Asians use banana flowers as a vegetable. They use it either raw or steamed with dips. They also use those in soups, curries and fried foods. The flavor resembles that of artichoke. Like artichokes, both the fleshy part of the bracts and the heart are edible.
Rich Source Of Vitamins And Minerals
Banana flowers contain various vitamins like Vitamin A, C, and E. They also contain potassium and fibers. This makes them an excellent health food and a source of healthy nutrients.
Oral intake of 0.15 to 0.25 g per Kg of body weight of chloroform extracts of banana flowers for 30 days may significantly reduce the blood sugar levels and increase the total hemoglobin level in rats, as per the results of a study published in the March 2000 edition of the journal “Phytotherapy Research.”
However, as with antimicrobial activity, the hypoglycemic effects of banana flowers have not been proved clinically. It is important to talk to a doctor determine the dosage that is right for you.
Consuming one cooked banana flower with one cup of curd or yogurt is one of the most efficient way of treating excessive bleeding during menstruation, says the website Himalayan Home Remedies.
The cooked banana flower and curd combination increases the level of progesterone in the body and thereby reduces bleeding associated with menorrhagia.
Helps Nursing Mothers
New mothers face many problems when it comes to breast feeding. One of the major problems that they face is dwindling milk supply. Banana flowers boost the supply of milk that helps the new mothers feed their young better.
Banana Flower Curry Recipe
- 1 banana flower, cut and soaked in water mixed with buttermilk (to retain the natural color)
- 1 sprig curry leaves
- 3 red chillies
- Sea salt to taste
- 1 cup grated organic coconut
- 2 tsp orgranic oconut oil
- 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
- Boil the banana flower pieces for 7 mins. Strain the water.
- Heat 2 tsp coconut oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds, cut red chillies and curry leave.
- Add boiled banana flower, reduce flame and cook covered for 5 mins
- Add salt and grated coconut.
- Mix well and serve.