We keep talking about increasing prices of vegetables. All these discussions are restricted to the potatoes, onions and carrots. Why not look at cheap, but richer vegetables or plant products?
Today's generation may not be familiar with the properties of the Banana Stem.
When bananas are harvested, the stem/tree is cut away. The tender inner stem of the banana plant can be used as food. Not only is it tasty but it also has wonderful medicinal properties.
Layers of hard outer stem are peeled away and only the tender inner stem is used. It is very fibrous, so the thread fiber has to be cleaned. The stem is chopped into small bits and soaked in buttermilk or diluted yogurt for half hour. In Southern parts of India, it is cooked as a vegetable and eaten along with rice.
The banana stem has fiber – this is very beneficial for those on a weight-loss programme. Forget all those expensive diet-reduction programmes and tablets, this is the cheapest solution.
It is also a rich source of potassium and vitamin B6 which helps in the production of insulin and hemoglobin. Eating banana stem once a week keeps high blood pressure in control. Banana stem also maintains fluid balance within the body. It is a diuretic and helps detoxify the body. The popular belief is that eating banana stem is very good for kidney stones.
Also called Vazhai Thandu in Tamil, केले का तना in Hindi