It’s pretty common knowledge that bananas are good for us, but you may not know that banana flowers have plenty of health benefits too. Also referred to as ‘banana blossoms’, they are the beginning stages of what would eventually become a banana.
Common to South-East Asia, they appear a lot in their cuisine. They are a tear shaped purple-ish flower that hangs at the end of banana clusters. A popular ingredient of curry, this relatively unknown food in North America has plenty of upsides you need to try!
Health Benefits of Banana Flower
Aside from tasting like a less strong and more delicate banana, they come with an incredible array of health benefits. They are abundant in fiber, protein, potassium, vitamins A, C, E, and K, and iron making them a great addition to your kitchen.
Banana flowers can help strengthen and repair the uterus. Vitamin C is known to aid tissue repair, such as after child birth. It increases lactation by stimulating progesterone hormone levels for breast milk. Controls the menstrual cycle and helps reduce excessive bleeding, especially when paired with yogurt. It’s clear to see that this fruit is hugely beneficial to women.
They lower blood pressure because of the high potassium. Heal anemia because of the rich iron content to replenish hemoglobin levels. It inhibits the growth of pathogenic bacteria, which helps heal wounds and prevent infections. Antioxidant properties are known to fight cancer and heart disease as well.
Physically, it relieves constipation due to the high fiber content. Helps reduce ulcer pain and prevent them because of the vitamin C. A great dietary inclusion for those with diabetes, as it has antihyperglycaemic properties. The flavonoids inside are excellent insulin receptors.
Banana Flower Curry Recipe
What you need
- 1 kadai or other pan (preferably cast iron)
- ½ tsp. of mustard seeds
- 3 red chilies
- 1 banana flower
- 1 sprig of curry leaves
- 2 tsp. coconut oil
- 1 cup grated coconut
What to do
- Boil the banana flower for 7 minutes. Strain the water
- Heat coconut oil, mustard seeds, red chilies and curry leaves in the kadai/pan
- Add boiled banana flower and cook covered for 5 minutes
- Add salt and grated coconut
- Mix well and serve
Even though it’s not as common in Western recipes, it’s a worthwhile inclusion to your kitchen for its incredible health benefits and its delicious addition to this curry recipe. Don’t let this one slip under the radar!
- http://pubmedcentralcanada.ca/pmcc/articles/PMC3314874/ (diabetes)
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