Banana blossom, also known as a “banana heart”, is a fleshy, purple-skinned flower, shaped like a tear, which grows at the end of a banana fruit cluster. Traditionally used in south-east Asian and Indian cooking, it can also be eaten raw and its chunky, flaky texture makes it an ideal substitute for fish.
Just like with an artichoke, these bracts are edible, but the heart is where the real culinary virtue lies. It should come as no surprise, then, that the banana flower heart tastes rather similar to an artichoke heart.
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