In this segment of The Marc and Mandy Show, Cooking On The Road, Parinya Lopston of Ban Chok Dee shares tips for keeping banana blossoms fresh.
What is banana blossom:
The banana flower is also known as a banana blossom or heart. It’s an ingredient commonly used in Vietnamese and Thai cooking, and it can be eaten raw or cooked.
Banana blossoms are a great source of vitamins A and C. Banana blossoms have been known to ward off infections, heal wounds, reduce menstrual pain, and can help people with diabetes and anemia.
What to avoid:
When banana blossoms are cut open and exposed to oxygen, they begin to turn dark and black.
How to keep banana blossoms fresh:
- Once you’ve liberated the white “heart” (beneath the leaves) chop the heart up finely and immediately soak them in water with lime juice and vinegar.
- Wash the chopped blossom in the water/lime juice/vinegar mixture, and let it soak for a few minutes.
- Next, transfer the chopped blossom into a separate bowl of clean, cold water.
- In a separate bowl, combine a little bit of lime juice and sugar.
- Finally, when you are ready to serve the banana blossoms, strain the cold water and add the blossoms to the bowl of lime juice/sugar. You can then plate the blossoms and enjoy!