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The Banana stem is really not a stem at all; it is the flower stalk of the banana plant. The thick stalks grow up from the ground and form the backbone of the herbaceous plant. The edible part of the Banana stem is the inner portion of the fibrous stalk. The rough and hard outer layers are removed to reveal the stark white and sometimes yellowish green stem. The remainder of the tough exterior can be peeled away. Banana stem has a crisp texture and a mild flavor, both somewhat sweet and tart with a slightly bitter after taste.
Banana stem is available year-round in the tropics and sub-tropics.
All parts of the Banana plant are edible; the fruits are the most commonly eaten and the leaves are used for a variety of culinary applications. Banana plants are the largest herbaceous plants in the world. The Banana stem is not as commonly used world-wide, but it is often seen in southern Indian cuisine.
Banana stem is high in fiber and can aid in the treatment of ulcers or an acidic stomach. Like the fruit, Banana stem is very high in potassium and vitamin B6, which together benefit the muscles and the body’s production of hemoglobin and insulin. In Ayurvedic practice, Banana stem is used to aid in weight-loss, and is also said to be beneficial to overall health. It is also said to have cooling properties, which are beneficial in hot environments. Banana stem is also a diuretic and can help prevent kidney stones.
When preparing Banana stem, make sure to remove any additional fibrous pieces that may come from the stem as it is sliced before chopping or soaking. A popular Indian dish is Banana stem cooked with lentils and spices. Add sliced or chopped Banana stem to subzis (vegetable stir-fries), soups or stews. The Banana stem is sliced or chopped (removing any fibrous material left on the stem) and soaked in water or buttermilk to keep it from turning brown. A refreshing drink is made from Banana stem blended with water and salt mixed with buttermilk. Banana stem must be used fresh and within a day or two to prevent spoilage.
Bananas are grown throughout the tropic and sub-tropic regions in the world, including the southern US, Hawaii, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Banana stem is also known as Plantain Stem and Vazhai Thandu in Tamil, a region of southern India and in Sri Lanka. Banana stems can be found in some Asian and Indian markets.
Recipes that include Banana Stem. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Great-Secret-of-Life||Vazhai Thandu (Banana Stem) Poriyal|
|Love Food Eat||‘Dandusalli’ – Raw Banana Stem Yogurt Salad|
|Pranee's Thai Kitchen||How to Prepare Banana Stem for Cooking|
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Near Woodbury, New York, United States
About 138 days ago, 2/01/18
Spotter's comments : Banana Stem spotted at Patel Brothers.
At Patel Brothers in Hickville Near Woodbury, New York, United States
About 138 days ago, 2/01/18
Spotter's comments : Banana Stem spotted at At Patel Brothers.