As a child, a banana blossom (BB) dish that is usually cooked in vinegar and spices did not excite me nor does it as an adult. It’s a relief to learn that there is a delectable way to prepare BB.
BB Salad is among the many dishes I learned from a 3-hour workshop on Ayurvedic Cooking with Pio Baquiran. It’s a cold salad that boasts of creaminess from the coconut milk with a touch of tanginess from the lemon juice. Chili can also be added depending on preference.
I’ve been seeing two types of BB in the market, the red roundish which holds true to BB’s Tagalog name, “puso ng saging” (direct English translation is heart of a banana) and the long yellowish one. For this recipe, I use the latter.
It’s rather funny that while a banana is a blossom or flower, it’s a vegetable. And, when it matures, it becomes a fruit. BB is rich in Vitamins A and C, is a storehouse of antioxidants, and alleviates pain.
2 cups boiled and sliced banana blossom
1/3 cup freshly squeezed coconut milk
2 Tbsp diced red bellpepper
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp honey (optional)
Salt and powdered cayenne pepper to taste
1. Boil the banana blossom first to avoid discoloration. Then slice it into strips.
2. Mix the sliced banana blossoms with the rest of the ingredients.
3. Put the salad in a fridge for about 20 minutes.
4 to 5 persons.