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Picture of Banana Flower Fritters
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

Picture of Banana Flower
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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.
 
satoko687 months ago
Now I know what to do with the banana flowers I find at our local Asian market! For anybody living in a colder climate, I suggest you try checking any 'ethnic' market in your area which caters to Asians/South Asians/South East Asians. They have some amazing fruits, vegetables and spices, amongst many other things. Thank you again!
antoniraj (author)  satoko687 months ago
thank you satoko68...
chandhini2 years ago
tastyyyyyyyyy
Orngrimm2 years ago
Hahaha! OK... I knew how bananas grow (I am from switzerland) but that you can eat the flowers was new to me. :)
New but it really makes sense... We eat also some flowers here. So why not the big ones from bananas. Cool thing!
What do the flowers taste like (not smell, taste) if you eat them unflavored? Like banana or different?
antoniraj (author)  Orngrimm2 years ago
Orngrimm, thank you... it tastes wonderful like any other fried fritters without any taste of banana flower... you should try this.. no need to add any flavor.. we do not use any chemical pesticide so this is organic..
I would love to, but unless i raid the local botanical garden of the university, i dont have access to bananaflowers. And i am sure the greenhouse-keepers dont smile at me if i cut doen their flowers at the public greenhouse of the botanical garden... ;)

Switzerland is a _little_ too cold for them to grow outdoors. At the moment we have around -10° Centigrades (14°F). So ATM we have more the weather for Banana-ice than -flowers ;)
antoniraj (author)  Orngrimm2 years ago
Yea, it is very cold and difficult to grow Banana plant outdoors.. what is the summer like there at your place..?
Not too hot... The hottest month (july) with a mean of 16-19°C according to wiki.
The all-year-mean is just 7-9°C.

Also the weather is quite rainy. Switzerland has around 1000-1500mm of rain per m^2.
antoniraj (author)  Orngrimm2 years ago
oh, it is cold all year round...
well... It is a "getting used to". I am sure the people of Anchorage or Fairbanks or even Barrow will confirm that ;)
antoniraj (author)  Orngrimm2 years ago
I can understand... I lived in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan for about three years almost in the same condition...
Not at all what I was expecting! Sounds wonderful.
antoniraj (author)  Cheese Queen2 years ago
thank you...
artworker2 years ago
ummm! goes best with coriander, chilly and garlic chutny.
antoniraj (author)  artworker2 years ago
yes, you are right...
scoochmaroo2 years ago
I definitely want to try this!
antoniraj (author)  scoochmaroo2 years ago
thank you... try this.. it is very delicious...
hiyahoney2 years ago
So the fritters are savory! Can you describe the flavor of the actual banana flower? Is there a close comparison? Do they have a lot of flavor?
blkhawk2 years ago
Wow! I always knew that the pumpkin flower is edible but I did not know that the banana flower is. This is good to know. Thank you for sharing!
antoniraj (author)  blkhawk2 years ago
thank you...