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Banana Stem Juice

Banana Stem Juice

It isn’t everyday that one gets to drink a banana stem juice! But if you grow a banana tree you would make the best use of it. Every part of the banana tree, from its stem to its flower and leaves  are used. Ofcourse you eat the bananas as well! Nothing goes waste. Also, you might be interested to know that a banana trees life span is over once it fruits, so it has to be hacked down to pave way for new shoots.

So, all it means is that you don’t have to keep planting banana saplings ever again. They just automatically grown when the “mother” plant is taken down after giving birth to bananas. So what do you do with the long banana stem! Please don’t throw it away! The banana stem holds a tasty core which is medicinal too. It is great in salads and best made into a juice and drunk raw. It has been touted to melt kidney stones too.

So here is the procedure! First you have to peel the outer layers of the banana stem. Once you reach the core it will look like a white cylinder. That is the part you want. The banana stem behaves a bit like a avocado. It turns black when exposed to air. So it needs to be preserved in an acidic environment, preferably diluted lemon juice or sour butter milk. Chop it into 2 inch segments and store in fridge in either of the above liquid.

When you want to use the banana stem you need to slice it thin. As you are slicing, thin thread like filaments appear which have to be snapped out. So as you keep slicing, keep removing the fibrous material. Use the chopped banana stem in salads. For juice I prefer it in butter milk.

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Ingredients

Chopped banana stem ( foot ruler size)

1 cup butter milk

1 cup water

salt and pepper

sprinkle of cumin powder preferably roasted

Method

Blend all the ingredients. Strain. Drink immediately. Best on an empty stomach. Serves 2

 

Winter Sesame Truffles

Winter Sesame Truffles

Why does this recipe have the word winter in it? In traditional societies, seeds like sesame were eaten in winter because they created warmth. Eating them in summer generates heat in the body so it is not advisable. Sesame seeds have iron and calcium and it is the black ones that have the highest nutrients. It is also advisable to soak the seeds for a few minutes to rid them of the oxalic acid surrounding them. These truffles are rich, so eat them sparingly. This is a raw desert and great for snack or early morning breakfast when you have to rush.  So, here goes the recipe for these warming sesame truffles!

Ingredients

1 cup black or white sesame seeds soaked for 5 minutes

A handful of almonds soaked for 20 minutes

5-6 medjool dates soaked for 10 minutes

1 tsp vanilla extract poweder or liquid

1 tsp maca/ mesquite powder (optional)

1tbsp sesame oil or coconut oil

¼ cup dessicated coconut, leave a tbsp  for garnishing

5 tbsp carob powder or 4 tbsp cacao powder. Leave a tbsp for garnishing

few goji berries for garnishing

Method

In a food processor add the nuts and seeds first, Then add the powders, dates, oil. Process until fine. It will be slightly grainy. With wet hands roll them into small 1-2 inch rounds. Then roll them either in carob powder for chocolate truffles or coconut for white truffles. Decorate with a goji berry each. Stores in fridge for more than a week. Makes 10-15 truffles.

 

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