Banana Flowers

We have bananas in the garden again.  One banana tree gave us fruit in January, as reported here and here.  A second tree is now holding green bananas and a banana flower. This is how they looked on Wednesday.

Bananas in garden with flower

These bananas look smaller than January’s crop.

Bananas closeup

For the first time in my life, I have paid attention to the banana flower.

Banana flower in our garden

Banana flowers are edible – here are some on sale in Bangalore’s Hypercity supermarket.

Hypercity banana flowers

They cost 20 rupees per kilo. At least they did two months ago. I took this photo before our own banana flower appeared, and food prices have been rising in India.

Hypercity banana flower price

P.S. For anyone interested in ladybirds, I updated my post “Is there any country that doesn’t have ladybirds” this week, after spotting something spotty in the garden.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. I didn’t know you could eat banana flowers! Do you have to cook them?


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Yes I’ve read some complicated recipes for dismantling and chopping and cooking them. If I do try, I will blog the results!


      1. Oh boy, if you could be bothered, you’d be a total hero 🙂


  2. Stunning photos!
    So, did you ever master a bana flower recipe? We have bananas here in Sicily too, but they don’t ripen fully unless you wrap them up in a kind of winter anorak made from black bin liners and fleece. My husband did it once and cannot be bothered to do it again!
    So, eating the flowers weems like a satiusfying way to make use of them…


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