Being located in the tropical region of South India, we grow banana plants at our Home garden and use almost all parts of the plant at home. The tender Banana leaves are used as plates for eating and the young banana fingers, tender inner stem of the tree and the flowers are used as vegetable to make delicious and healthy snacks.
Here, I have used a Banana flower to make crispy "Banana Flower Fritters"
Step 1: Banana Flower
The banana flower is a large, pinkish blossom you can find at the end of a bunch of baby bananas. Its red or pink bracts snugly enclose the delicate florets, which would not form banana fingers and grow farther down the stem.
Banana flowers are considered to be a good source of many vitamins along with dietary fibers, proteins and unsaturated fatty acids. They are also considered to possess immense medicinal value.
Harvest the whole Banana flower from the plant, when it no longer produces the Banana fruit fingers.
Step 2: Collecting the tender parts of the Banana Flower
We do not require the pink bracts of the flower. After collecting the inner tender florets, the pink bracts can be discarded. The inner cone of the Banana flower is whitish in color, very tender and can be used as it is.
Step 3: Cleaning the Banana flowers
In the first photograph, you can see the plastic like petal and the hard stamen at the right hand side. Since they do not cook well, both of them need to be removed from each floret.
After removing the plastic like petal and hard stamen, chop the florets in to small pieces and soak them in water mixed with some curd and salt for about five to ten minutes. This will remove the discoloration from the chopped florets. Remove the soaked florets and drain out the water.
I should have used some oil in my hands. My fingers got stained while handling the Banana flower and it may take a while to go away.