Mysterious fruit (or vegetable)

May 22, 2011  •  Category:


This is a component of a  food that most Americans are very familiar with and eat at least several times a week.



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  1. Me Myself says:

    Mmm, banana flower? 🙂

  2. Quinces and the Pea says:

    Banana flower! I always want to get them but I’m at a loss for cooking them. Please enlighten us!

  3. Raji says:

    This is a beautiful banana flower or banana blossom Joumana.

  4. Ranee @Arabian Knits says:

    I’ll guess banana. It looks like the trees we saw in HI.

  5. Angie's Recipes says:

    oops..that got me. I don’t think I have ever seen or had those before…

  6. aipi says:

    Banana flowers ~ love cooking with them 🙂
    US Masala

  7. pierre says:

    j’étais sec !!mais apparemment c’est la banane !!pierre

  8. Rosa says:

    Yes, a banana flower…



  9. Tracey@Tangled Noodl says:

    Agree with previous answer – banana blossom! Here in the Philippines, it’s called ‘puso ng saging’, or ‘heart of banana’. Would love to know how you used it! 😎

  10. JourneyKitchen says:

    I have seen them before banana flower! But never used it

  11. Angel of the North says:

    Banana flower

  12. Diane says:

    No doubt about it banana 🙂 Diane

  13. TheKitchenWitch says:

    I’m feeling incredibly ignorant right now…
    It’s pretty, though.

  14. Moira says:

    Banana flower 🙂
    You’re going to cook something with it?
    Regards from Portugal

  15. Barbara says:

    I couldn’t get through to your blog for a couple days, Joumana. No problems today, though. Your kibbeh pie looks delish, by the way!
    I’ve seen those in the Caribbean…they’re banana flowers!

  16. Belinda @zomppa says:

    You got me – it’s gorgeous!

  17. Nuts about food says:

    A banana flower! Have seen shows in which they cook with them but have never seen a real one.

  18. 5 Star Foodie says:

    Is it a banana flower? I’m not sure, looks so neat!

  19. Caffettiera says:

    Never saw them, even though my grandfather grew a little banana tree in his garden.. Legend tells it bore fruit once, in the sixties, but I was not there to witness.

  20. Tammy says:

    Yes, banana flower but I have no idea what you are going to do with it.

  21. Sabet says:

    Looks great – would love to try one… I just love reading your blog everyday… your recipes are amazing… reminds me of the foods my Sitto used to make when I was very young. Have you ever heard of “beit il nahleh”… house of the bees?? It’s a wonderful dessert – like a sweet bread baked in a large round pan… and it has honey or syrup on the bottom… I can’t find the recipe anywhere… Can you help? Please!

    • Joumana says:

      @Sabet: I have never heard of this “beit el nahleh”; there are lots of old, traditional recipes which have some bread soaked in grape molasses and butter and baked on the stove. Which area was your sitto from?

  22. Chiara says:

    A banana flower…I’m waiting for the recipe Joumana….have a lovely day

  23. Liz Farah says:

    It’s also called “isht el nahleh” nest of the bees… the dessert is cut so that it looks like a honeycomb… I believe it is an Egyptian dessert??

    My grandparents on my father’s side were from Kirbey and Kfeir… and my mother is from Erna – close to Damascus.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with the world… Hope you publish a cookbook one day… would love to add to my collection.

  24. Erica says:

    Banana flower???? Plantain flower?

  25. Meister@Nervous Cook says:

    Banana! Oh, how I love bananas so much. I have a post in the queue of my own blog about them, as a matter of fact. I’m bananas about bananas!

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