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Old 09-06-2019, 12:04 AM   #21 (permalink)
 
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The reason for using banana leaves mainly has to do with the utility of the cooking method.
It holds in the moisture during cooking, or in the case of steaming, prevents the inside from absorbing excessive moisture and falling apart.
There are some great Southern/Northeastern Indian and Sri Lankan recipes that use banana leaf with rice.
Also in some parts of the world they did not use plates and ate on banana leaves, which acted like disposable plates. Or if a banana leaf is placed over the plate, it makes clean up easier afterwards. It's a unique experience eating your food over a banana leaf. I think it can make the food more appetizing.
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i just found out you can buy banana leaves from mexican store for $1.25 a pound.
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The reason for using banana leaves mainly has to do with the utility of the cooking method.
It holds in the moisture during cooking, or in the case of steaming, prevents the inside from absorbing excessive moisture and falling apart.
There are some great Southern/Northeastern Indian and Sri Lankan recipes that use banana leaf with rice.
Also in some parts of the world they did not use plates and ate on banana leaves, which acted like disposable plates. Or if a banana leaf is placed over the plate, it makes clean up easier afterwards. It's a unique experience eating your food over a banana leaf. I think it can make the food more appetizing.
I did not know you could use them for eating, I know grape leaves are apparently a thing.
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I didn't know that banana leaves could be used in cooking. This is a discovery for me.
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Some growers make more money selling just the leaves instead of the hard work picking heavy bunches .. Great when owner is getting older or in marginal area. Read an interesting article along these lines about a Lady Finger grower in northen NSW .

I get islanders come and pick a heap of leaves when they have a party with pit cooking.
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my family from Puerto Rico use banana leaves to make pasteles also. Hard to find banana trees here and i only have one plant still growing in the garage. We have found the leaves in Walmart or the local Mexican super maket here in cali.
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I;ve been using banna leaves for cooking throughout my life and I am over 80 years old.
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I didn’t know you could eat them either! By the way what do they taste like? Just curious.
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Spinach.....with a banana kick
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I have never eaten the leaves but we do use them to rap our food like tamales and steam them and discard the leaf afterwards.
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