Having so much flora here on the urban homestead one never really gets to figuring out all the ways one can go about using and preparing all the different parts of a plant- there’s the fruit, flowers, roots, shoots, leaves etc that are edible and even useful but overtime we’ve lost all that know how and just gone for the same ol food fare that’s served up in our mega markets.
Before the big chill of 2007 we had quite a few clusters of banana plants around the urban homestead, we even harvested quite a few pounds of bananas (boy were the delicious!). Now we are down to one huge clump that’s thriving near the outdoor solar shower. Justin is saving a few pups so hopefully we can increase our banana population but with the wacky weather who knows if we’ll ever be successful at growing bananas again.
One of our clients who regularly picks up produce from DerVaes Garden asked if we sold banana stalks. I replied “you mean leaves right?” “No, the stalks, stems,” she replied. Well, I never heard of eating the stalks. So I asked “really, you eat the stalks?” “In Indian where I am from we cook with banana stalks, they are a great source of iron.” “Sure, well get you a stalk” I said, “we’ll have to cut down a stalk soon so we can get into the shower.”
Curious, I Googled how to use, cook banana stalks. And, yep, there’s a recipe!
I’ll have to do a bit more googling but it’s a start!
Learn something new everyday.
Just look around you there may be another form of food source growing in your backyard.
Oh, one other thing — poundage. Justin’s thrilled to hear that he can count the massive stalks as poundage! That is if I can cook it.
What plants that are growing in your yard or neighborhood that you’ve tried for the first time or experimented in using different parts or ways or preparing? What’s the most unusual one you’ve eaten or prepared?