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Appears in
The Food of India: A Journey for Food Lovers

By Priya Wickramasinghe

Published 2005

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All parts of the banana plant are used in different ways: the leaves as an aromatic food wrapper and as a ‘plate’ for indian meals; and the fruit, flower, and tender inner rings of the stem are eaten. Wear plastic gloves to stop the sap staining your hands.


  • 1 banana flower
  • ½ lemon
  • 200 g (7 oz


Peel off one leaf at a time from the banana flower. Remove the yellow, stick-like immature bananas and discard both them and the leaves until you reach the white inner core. Chop off the top end and discard it. Chop what is left into quarters and soak it in a bowl of water with 1 teaspoon salt for 1