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.
Chopped banana stem ( foot ruler size)
1 cup butter milk
1 cup water
salt and pepper
sprinkle of cumin powder preferably roasted
Blend all the ingredients. Strain. Drink immediately. Best on an empty stomach. Serves 2