Literally the flower from a banana tree, these beautiful flowers are picked before they develop into a full banana fruit. Also known as banana blossoms, they are made up of red orange to deep purple petals concealing a white, starchy and bitter flower.
Unless you’re buying them frozen, check for neatly and tightly packed petals. Color is a good indicator of freshness and should be deep purple or red. Make sure there aren’t any signs of molding or soft spots!
Banana flowers can be chopped up and added to salads, soups, or added to a stir-fry dish. Use them like you would use a cabbage or other green vegetable.