Banana leaf is literally the leaf of the banana tree. The grain should be cut out of the leaf before you cut the rest of the pieces of leaf. A good tip is before you start using the banana leaves, put them in a bowl of warm water first. This makes the leaves a little softer, making them less likely to break. Many people secure the ends of the sheet with staples or cocktail sticks.
How does banana leaf grow?
Banana leaves grow on the banana tree. The leaves are large, broad, oblong and slightly rounded, averaging two meters long, half a meter wide, and about 8 to 23 leaves grow per banana tree. The leaves do not have branched veins this makes the leaf vulnerable to tearing. Leaf color ranges from olive/lime green to dark green.
Where can you buy banana leaf?
Banana leaf can be bought in the Netherlands mainly in Surinamese, Chinese and Turkish tokos/supermarkets. Because the leaf belongs to the vegetable category, you can often find it on the vegetable shelf of the respective toko or supermarket.
Banana leaf adds a slightly anise-like flavor to your dishes. The taste can be described as grassy and sweet green. The leaves are mainly used for garnish, to lay dishes on, to steam, to wrap food or to prepare dishes in on the grill or barbecue.
Banana leaf is very healthy. Should you cook with banana leaf, a lot of antioxidants end up in the food. This makes for an extra healthy meal. The substance flavonoid EGCG is present in the leaf, which is a natural antioxidant that targets free radicals.
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