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Bananas In Bloom

Banana blossoms

I inherited a few banana trees from the previous homeowner after I moved into the new house, and had read that some banana trees are ornamental and do not bear any fruit. Luckily for us (and for the bees), a couple of them have been showing off their exotic purple blossoms all summer with beautiful bunches of bananas hanging down. It’s like having a little slice of the tropics in my own backyard!

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  • Aparna
    April 24, 2013 at 7:08 am

    The banana flower is edible and quite tasty. It requires a bit of effort to prep it properly to get the edible bits but it is worth it if done right. Try it if you haven’t already.

    • Linda Ly
      April 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      It’s quite popular in Asian cooking, but the prep work makes me lazy. 😉


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