AYURVEDA & MEDICINAL USES
Banana flower’s chloroform extracts were found to stabilize blood sugar levels, which may help those suffering from diabetes.
The banana flower has ability to treat infection because it possesses ethanol flowers which helps to prevent the pathogenic bacterial growth.
The high antioxidant content of banana flowers prevents oxidation and inhibits molecules from destabilizing DNA. This prevents heart diseases and strokes.
Banana flowers emerge as a large tapered cone from the center of the banana tree at the tip end of a forming bunch of bananas. They are red-orange to deep purple and consist of tightly compacted petals that house white tubular flowers within. It is also called the banana heart. The banana heart consist of several flowers that develop into bananas.
Remove purplish-red outer bracts from banana blossoms. Discard flower-like clusters and thinly slice inner bracts widthwise on the diagonal. Place in a bowl filled with 2 litres water, lemon juice and 1 tbsp salt, to prevent browning. Halve banana blossom cores, slice on the diagonal and add to acidulated water.
Drain banana blossoms and place in a bowl. Add prawns, spring onions, coconut, coriander and dressing, and toss gently to combine. Scatter with eschalots to serve.