Banana, plantain or Musa paradisiaca is a large, herbaceous plant native to India and Southeast Asia. Purple buds appear from the heart of the tip of the stem and develop into tubular, white flowers. Along with dietary fibers, proteins and unsaturated fatty acids, banana flowers are also rich in vitamin E and flavonoids. They are part of many cuisines in the world. They also possess immense medicinal value.
Ethanol extracts from banana flowers help cure infections. Consumption of cooked banana flower is known to help with ailments such as diabetes and anemia. The authors of a study published in October 2010 issue of the journal “Food Science and Biotechnology” recommend the use of banana flower extracts to make health supplements due to its antioxidant potential.