The banana tree is one of those few species where each part is used in some way or the other, be it the leaves which are used for eating food, the fruit which is eaten in the raw or ripe form, or the flower or stem which is also consumed.
Banana stem can be cooked or consumed raw in juice form. The stem is cooked in various ways in South Indian cuisine and in some parts of West Bengal. Dishes such as vazhaithandu usli (dry cooked banana stem with lentils), vazhaithandu kootu (banana stem cooked with lentils), vazahaithandu porial (banana stem tempered and garnished with coconut) are popular in Tamil Nadu. Thor chapper, a dish made of banana stem and lentil, is consumed in West Bengal.
Detoxification and digestion
The juice of the banana stem helps in flushing out toxins from the body. It is a diuretic, and one of the most effective ways to cleanse your system from ailments. Banana stem juice is also a great digestive, which aids bowel movement and contains good fibre for your gut.
Treating kidney stones and UTI
Mixing cardamom with banana stem juice relaxes the bladder and helps prevent against painful kidney stones. Drinking a glass of banana stem juice mixed with a few drops of lime juice every day prevents formation of kidney stones. It also helps in relieving pain and discomfort caused by Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) effectively.
Consumed with fibre, banana stem slows down the release of sugar and fats stored in the body’s cells. It also improves metabolism, and contains very few calories – meaning that it can be consumed without guilt pangs!
Managing cholesterol and blood pressure
Rich in Vitamin B6, it has a lot of iron and increases the haemoglobin count. It is enriched with potassium as well, and is effective to treat cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Healing acidity and gastric problems
If you’ve got frequent problems with acidity, banana stem juice helps in regulating the acidic levels in your body, and restoring balance. It provides relief from heartburn and discomfort and burning in the tummy.