Friday, April 22, 2011

Macro flowers Saturday: Banana

Macro Flower Saturday

In many parts of South East Asia, like Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and the Philipines, they use banana flowers in their cooking. I have not used them myself.

I used to grow bananas and I would give the flowers to my friends. There is a lot of work removing the sap. My Thai friend makes a salad, my Sri Lanka friends cooks in curry.

Then my Burmese friend cooks the heart of the stem.

I grew them, but I don't eat them. Other friends ask why I bother, I just like to see the plants grow and make others happy.

These are actually in Auckland. I am surprised because the fruits actually mature to be edible.


Ginny Hartzler said...

Goodness, that is one BIG flower!!! Interesting stuff about the flower, I of course have never tried it, I wonder if it tastes like bananas?

The JR said...

I like to grow things too and sometimes like you I don't eat it.