The health benefits of banana flower can prevent several disease and much more
You’re fond of eating bananas and may have tasted a couple of varieties of this versatile fruit but did you know that there is also a banana flower? The banana flower or blossom found in Southeast Asia is a delicacy used in many styles of Southeast Asian cuisine where a curry tastes best by bringing out its aromatic flavors.
However apart from being a great ingredient for flavorful dishes, the banana flower has incredible health properties which you may have never known about. Here are the health benefits of banana flower.
1 What exactly is banana flower?
The banana flower also called the banana heart is tear shaped and has a maroon or purple color. It usually grows at the end of the banana cluster on banana trees. The plantain or banana plant known scientifically as Musa paradisiacal is a herbaceous species of plant that grows commonly in India and rest of Southeast Asia. The purple buds at the end of the fruit clusters blossom into tubular shaped flowers much in demand as an ingredient for curries.
But more than a food item it is high in dietary fiber and contains a vast number of essential nutrients and substances vital to health. The banana flower is also a source of healthy mono unsaturated fats and proteins and flavonoids.
Banana flower extract contains ethanols that reduce and even prevent infectious bacteria like bacillius subtalis and E. coli. This helps in faster healing of wounds and fights infections. The infection fighting properties of the banana flower was the result of a study published in the Journal of chemical and pharmaceutical research January 2011 issue.
The benefits of banana flower are also used in natural remedies for teeth whitening, hair growth and fat loss. It is rich in several minerals such as Iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, iron and copper. It also contains vitamins E.
2 Banana Flower Treats the Following Conditions
- Anemia and ulcers
- Prevents diabetes
- Benefits lactating mothers
- Regulation of menstrual cycles
- Improves kidney function
- Relieves constipation and reduces blood pressure
- Improves uterine function
- Helps in weight loss
3 Here Is a Tasty Recipe for Banana Flower Curry
- 2 tsp oil
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 2 chopped green chilies
- Sliced onions
- 2 cups chopped banana flower
- A pinch of asafetida powder (hing)
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- A stalk of curry leaves
Method: Heat oil and add mustard seed till it sputters, then add green chilies and onions and fry well. Now add the banana flower, add the rest of the condiments. Add a little water and cover with a lid. Allow the dish to simmer on low flame. After 8 minutes to 10 minutes your banana flower curry is ready for you to enjoy. Serve with yellow or plain steamed rice. This is the best way of enjoying the benefits of banana flower.