Banana Blossom

 Image courtesy of Vegan Miam

Image courtesy of Vegan Miam

If you've ever seen a banana tree, perhaps you have noticed the teardrop-shaped purple flower at the end of the banana fruit cluster. Referred to as the banana blossom, this is also known as the banana heart. It is an edible flower used in Southeast Asian and Indian cooking, where they consider it a vegetable.

As a food consultant and food developer covering Leicester and the whole of the UK, you might be surprised that banana blossoms have a lot in common with a more well-known and popular vegetable. Can you guess what it is? Hint: while more widely known as a vegetable, it is actually a flower!

Found in Asian grocery stores, banana blossoms can be eaten raw, and are also cooked in delicious soups, stews, and curries. What's more, they can also be steamed and served with dips, and peeled apart like an artichoke. Some people claim the flower's petals taste like artichoke leaves. Similar to artichokes, the fleshy petals and the "heart" of the banana blossom are edible. And while most of us think of artichokes as vegetables, they are actually flowers - they are large, unbloomed thistles! 

Now that I've explained a little about this delicious ingredient, I've had a look around and found two gorgeous Banana Blossom recipes for you to try at home. Of course, if you'd rather I pop over and cook the dish for you, that's fine too. As an experienced personal chef I am here to help you whether you need a private chef for an upcoming party, romantic dinner or day to day cooking for the home. 

Vegan Banana Blossom Burgers
(Recipe and images courtesy of Empress Michelle Francisc0)

Ingredients

Banana Blossoms
Garlic, minced
Red onions, minced
Himalayan pink salt
Black pepper
All purpose flour
Water
Olive oil

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Peel and discard the outer, fibrous skin layers of the banana blossom until you reach the lighter, softer core. Next, trim off the stem and discard. Remove the hard stem inside the banana blossom flowers. Cut the banana core into half and slice thinly. Boil water. When boiling, add banana blossom. Use fork to check when it’s already cooked.

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Remove from boiling water. Chop thinly the banana blossoms.

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Strain the remaining liquid from the banana blossoms.. Next, put banana blossoms in a bowl. Add garlic, onions, salt, pepper and all purpose flour. Mix well. Add a little water. Finally, in a non stick skillet, heat olive oil. Fry the burger patties until brown. Serve.

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