Banana flower

The banana flower, also known as banana heart or banana blossom, is used as a vegetable in South Asian and Southeast Asian cuisine. It has a deep purplish-crimson color and a flavor which resembles that of an artichoke. A bit starchy and bitter, banana flower can be eaten raw, boiled or fried. The banana flower is traditionally believed to be beneficial as a lactating agent, and can help relieve painful menstruation. It is an excellent source of potassium, vitamin A, C and E and is also a good source of fiber and protein. The flowers contain phytochemicals and flavonoids, which help lower ..

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