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Cleaning Banana Flower

- submitted by Dahlia on 20th Jan 2014

(How to clean Banana Blossom?, Step by step guide to cleaning banana flower, Preparing banana flower for cooking)


Step 1 : Apply some oil in your hands before you start cleaning.
Step 2 : Remove the outer few purplish red petals (or bracts)of the banana flower. You will find a bunch of pale yellow florets inside each petal. Remove these florets and collect it.

Tip : If the florets are fresh , they will be yellowish in color. If they are old, they turn black. In that case, discard them.  Usually the outer 1 or 2 petals will have black florets.

 (Each of these florets would have matured to form a banana if we leave them in the plant :-))

Step 3 : Peel off the petals until it gets difficult to remove the petal. At this stage, the petals will be soft and white in color and there will not be any stamen to remove. So you can directly chop it finely.
Step 4 : Now with the collected yellow florets, pluck the hard stamen and the white plastic like cover. They will be too hard and bitter if cooked.
Step 5 : Once you have removed the stamen, chop the florets finely.
Step 6 : Soak the chopped florets in cold water mixed with salt and a tblsp of lemon juice or curd. This will prevent discoloration of the chopped florets caused by oxidation.
Step 7 : Strain using a big colander and use it for any of your favorite recipes.

  - Clean and chop the florets just before you are ready to use to maintain the white color of the florets. However if you are a busy working woman and would like to prepare ahead, chop and soak the florets in buttermilk or lemon water until you are ready to use. Even if you do not follow the above steps and the florets gets discolored, its OK. The taste will still be the same.

Fresh Banana Blossom

Lift and peel each petal

Remove most of the outer petals that come out easily

Once the petals turn white, they are difficult to peel. At this stage, just chop it up finely.

Remove the petals with the yellow florets inside

Fresh florets are yellowish. If you find the florets black, discard them.

Separate each floret

Open up each floret

Discard the stamen and the thick cover. Chop up the remaining floret.

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Comments (4)

Person Deepa   (August 22, 2016)
Hi, I prepared this dish after cleaning the floret as per the steps. However, the dish was bitter on cooking...don't know why. How can bitterness be removed so that the prepared dish can be used? How to choose the banana flower if that is a cause?
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (August 23, 2016)
Hi Deepa, The banana flower has a natural bitterness. To reduce a considerable amount of the bitterness, soak the florets in some lemon juice (1 part lemon + 1 part water) or buttermilk for half an hour. Drain out the liquid and then use in recipes.

Most of the preparations in our place combines beetroot with some other ingredients which neutralizes its bitterness for e.g: with grated coconut, lentils etc.

Hope this helps.
Person Pri   (December 23, 2015)
I was wondering how to cook with banana flower, i stumbled on ur page. So detailed that you didn't miss anything I guess. Very valuable post. Thanks
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (December 28, 2015)
Thank you so much. I am so glad it was helpful to you.

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