Banana Blossom: What Is It And Why Are Vegans Raving About It?
More plants are being discovered by vegans as great meat alternatives, from tofu to jackfruit — and banana blossom has joined the ranks. But what is banana blossom and what is it used for? We’ve got all you need to know here.
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What is banana blossom?
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Banana blossom is the flower that grows at the end of banana bunches. It is purple, fleshy and can be eaten cooked or raw. It is traditionally cooked in South East Asian cuisine, where it is added to soups, curries and salads. Although it grows from bananas, it does not taste like bananas; instead it’s flavour is quite mild and more similar to artichokes.
Why is it popular amongst vegans?
Banana blossom has a meaty, tender texture that can resemble meat, making it a great plant-based alternative to substitute in our favourite dishes. It is also significant because it can be used to recreate the texture of fish, which is notoriously difficult to replicate with plants. It also has a mild flavour and so it can hold seasoning well to taste like fish and meat when done right. It is also increasingly available in supermarkets and grocery shops; if you want to cook with it, look out for tins of banana blossom in brine in your local supermarket or international shop.
What to make with banana blossom
Now that you know what it is, you probably want to see for yourself how tasty it is. Here are our favourite recipes for banana blossom:
If you thought beer battered fish and chunky chips would be a thing of the past when going plant-based, I’ve got some very good news for you. This vegan fish and chips is absolutely delicious and does really taste like the real thing.
These fish taco will have you giving yourself a pat on the back for the vegan-restaurant quality food you’ve prepared. Crispy, flaky vegan fish paired with a zingy mango salsa makes this dish one to make when you want a slice of summer in your life.
Move over KFC, because it turns out you can make a delicious, vegan crispy chicken burger at home. The banana blossom is triple coated in batter for the crunchy golden outside, but remains super tender inside. Definitely one to make when you’re craving fried ‘chicken’.
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By Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.