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Banana Leaves

Technical Name : Musa acuminate


Taste Profile

  They have a grassy and mild, sweet, earthy flavor.

Usage Tips

  1. Banana leaves serve as bowls, plates, and offerings in special religious celebrations such as marriage ceremonies.
  2. They can be used for baking anything
  3. They can be used as a kind of
  4. They are great for serving salads, rice, fish, and other dishes.
  5. To store banana leaves, wrap in plastic and keep in the freezer.
  6. If using within a week, store banana leaves (wrapped in plastic) in the refrigerator.


Banana leaves are large, wide, elongated, and little bit rounded. The surface of the Banana leaves are waxy, flexible, and glossy, and range in color from lime, olive green, to dark green. There is a central midrib that runs the length of the banana leaf and two laminas, or leaf halves are found on either side of the midrib. The banana leaves do not have branching veins, and this makes them vulnerable to tearing easily. The banana plant also has a pseudostem, which is a false stem that looks like a trunk but has multiple fleshy leaf sheaths that are tightly overlapped. They are not typically consumed but are used as a waterproof wrapper to cook food and add flavor. They are native to Southeast Asia. Today they are found across the world including Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Africa, Latin America, Europe, Australia, the United States, and the Caribbean. They are available throughout the year. South Indian cuisine and Philippine cuisine is traditionally served on a banana leaf.

Health benefits

  • Banana leaves contain polyphenols, a type of antioxidants which fight diseases caused by free radicals in our body.(1)
  • Antioxidants also help to reduce inflammation.(1)
  • They help to cure sore throat and fever.(1)
  • They also cure wounds.(1)

Selection Guide

Avoid the ones that have brown spots. Choose the fresh looking leaves.

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