Banana Stems

We harvested the bananas in the garden last Friday.  I will disappoint readers of my earlier post by admitting that I did not cook the banana flower – my excuse is that the flower was too small. Here is a photo of one of the leaves instead.abstract banana leaf

I thought we might need steps to reach the bananas, but we didn’t – the branches of the banana tree can be bent down to ground level by a couple of strong gardeners. Gardener Shankar harvested the bananas.  Then he got to work demolishing the entire tree with a sickle just like the tools from this post.

sickle cutting banana branch

Then we took up Gardener Shankar’s suggestion of consigning the banana fruit to a wholesale banana shop for quick ripening. Last year we made our own storage box in the garage, and waited impatiently for two weeks for the bananas to ripen.   I don’t know what the shop will do, apart from store our fruit in a really hot room. Maybe they will just swap them for some ripe fruit?

banana fringe
As well as the fruit, we were harvesting the banana stem.  Our driver told us that he believed banana stems to have great health benefits in preventing and treating kidney stones.
stalk cross-section
The outer layers of the stem were stripped away, and the sickle was put to use again.
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cross section centre of stalk
We weren’t impressed with our stem – like the flower it was too small.  But Dayalan went home with some pieces for cooking anyway.
centre of stalks

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  1. Kim in Fiji says:

    I just asked Austin if he’d heard of eating banana stem – we’ve never done it. He said, yes, the same ones with edible flowers have edible stems…. well, that eliminates it for us. The only place we lived that had edible-flower banana cultivars was Palau. They may have some in Fiji, but we don’t know them – every experiment ha FAILED. ick!

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