Actually that’s somewhat of an exaggeration since of the ten different ways you can use parts of a banana tree only four involve eating them. Having said that it is remarkable just how many uses there are for this common tropical tree. While everyone reading this will have eaten the yellow fruit I doubt that many will have consumed the other three parts of the tree. To discover which these are and the other ways that the trees are used read this article by Violette Rose which I found over on the Dengarden website.
Bananas are produced in tall plants, which are often mistaken as trees. They actually have pseudo stems formed from leaf sheaths. Apart from producing sweet fruits, the plants have many different uses. In fact, almost all the parts of a banana plant are useful. In America, I have seen mostly the soft and sweet bananas that usually have brown spots on them when they ripe. But in South India, there are many different varieties of bananas you can find, including those with red skin.
Whatever the variety of the fruit, all the parts of a banana plant have some use. Here you can read about 10 uses of banana plants.
1. Edible Sweet BananasOf course, the first use is definitely the sweet and healthy fruits from the plants, which you can eat raw as a delicious dessert, or use to cook or bake. The addition of bananas in cakes and desserts give them a rich, moist texture and add the natural sweetness, thus reducing the need for additional, artificial white sugar.
Bananas are rich in potassium, thus including them daily in your diet can help you control your blood pressure naturally.
Below you can see gluten free and healthy banana flour made from dried bananas, available to buy from Amazon. The flour is made from green bananas, so it is grain free and so it is paleo diet friendly too.
In India, homemade banana flour is usually used to prepare baby food.
You can try using banana flour as a replacement in many baking recipes, if you are allergic to gluten. Gluten free pancakes, cakes and muffins can be made from banana flour, which is also rich in potassium and other vitamins and minerals.
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