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Banana Flower Fritters

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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

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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.

Step 2: Collecting the tender parts of the Banana Flower

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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

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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.


 
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chandhini1 year ago
tastyyyyyyyyy
Orngrimm1 year 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)  Orngrimm1 year 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)  Orngrimm1 year 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)  Orngrimm1 year 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)  Orngrimm1 year 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 Queen1 year ago
thank you...
artworker1 year ago
ummm! goes best with coriander, chilly and garlic chutny.
antoniraj (author)  artworker1 year ago
yes, you are right...
I definitely want to try this!
antoniraj (author)  scoochmaroo1 year ago
thank you... try this.. it is very delicious...
hiyahoney1 year 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?
blkhawk1 year 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)  blkhawk1 year ago
thank you...