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WEST COAST UPDATE 4-29-2021

BANANA FLOWERS

   Banana flowers may be delicious and fun to eat, but they’re a royal pain in the butt to prepare. In order to get to the heart of the blossom, each bract has to be removed. There’s no way to do this en masse, so they have to be pulled off one by one, like when removing the bracts from an artichoke. However, within seconds of being removed, these bracts oxidize and turn a charcoal color that is the antithesis of appetizing. Lemon water resolves this. The uses for the sliced white center are endless, depending on what cuisine you’re eating. Banana blossoms are common in China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka, among other places.  In addition to salads, the hearts are often used in stir-fries, soups, curries, and meat dishes. Banana leaves are packed in 25# cases and are now in the market.

What’s Hot

BANANA FLOWERS
LIMEQUATS
REAPER CHILI PEPPERS
APRICOTS
MANDERINQUATS

What’s Not

WATERMELON RADISH
CELERY ROOT
JAPANESE EGGPLAN
DOMESTIC WHITE ENDIVE
STARFRUIT