Even now when my neighbors cut the banana tree after taking off the [banana] yield,they will come home with a couple of stems.Stems are also available in the farmers market.No one around here[in India I mean] throws out the tree after it is cut.The leaves are used to serve food.The taste of food served on these leaves are definitely out of the world!!The stems and blossoms are used in cookery and as a medicine.The outer covering of the stem is dried and cut into thin strips and used to string flowers like jasmine.So as you can see all the parts of the tree are so useful to us!
Banana stem too has loads of goodness.
- Whenever anyone complains of kidney stones the elderly people in the house always recommend plantain stem juice.It is a diuretic and helps improve the function of the kidneys.
- It detoxifies the body.
- It also help in the treatment of gall stones.
- It is also helpful in reducing weight.
- Stems are a good source of Potassium and Vitamin B6.
So the next time you spot the stems be sure to bring it home and make it a part of your menu.