Used for various functions including decoration, packaging and cooking, banana leaves are more commonly used as ecologically disposable food containers or as “plates”, especially in South Asia. Besides enhancing its natural flavour, the leaves contain its content’s juices and protect food from burning.
Banana leaves are used more for their sturdy, food-containing properties than they are actually eaten. Besides adding aroma, the leaves impart a subtle, sweet flavor to dishes they are steamed with. Large, flexible and waterproof, banana leaves are incredibly versatile and are often dried for use as packing material for food, or as a dessert wrapping in some cultures.
last update by M 12/7/2012