The Banana stem is actually the flower stalk of the banana plant. The thick stalks grow up from the ground and form the backbone of the herbaceous plant. The edible part of the Banana stem is the inner portion of the fibrous stalk. The rough and hard outer layers are removed to reveal the stark white and sometimes yellowish green stem. The remainder of the tough exterior can be peeled away. Banana stem has a crisp texture and a mild flavor, both somewhat sweet and tart with a slightly bitter after taste.
Banana stem is high in fiber and can aid in the treatment of ulcers or an acidic stomach. Like the fruit, Banana stem is very high in potassium and vitamin B6, which together benefit the muscles and the body’s production of hemoglobin and insulin. In Ayurvedic practice, Banana stem is used to aid in weight-loss, and is also said to be beneficial to overall health. It is also said to have cooling properties, which are beneficial in hot environments. Banana stem is also a diuretic and can help prevent kidney stones.