In South East Asia not just the fruit of the banana tree is eaten, but also the flower. A new restaurant serving food of the Chinese province of Yunnan was offering a banana flower stir fried with bacon. My friend and I decided to share a portion, amongst other things.
When it came out you could see that the entire flower was used and cut into strips. You could see parts of the leaves as well as stamen and carpel. There was no distinct taste to the flower. The taste was overtaken by a kind of gassy flavor, that I assume came from the oil. The texture was a little more interesting, with the outer parts being quite tough and leathery, and the inner parts a lot softer.
Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 6