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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Banana Heart Burgers

We've been having these banana heart burgers lately. I find it delicious and for people who are vegetarian, theses burgers are for you. It is healthy and yummy to the tummy. The lady who come to our house regularly and sell vegetables have been selling to me these banana heart blossoms for a cheap price, way cheaper than those they're selling in the grocery stores. She told me that it's good to cook them for burgers so I tried it. The result is a nutritious and delicious burgers. My hubby and I love it!

Banana heart flowers or banana blossoms, similarly to bananas are an excellent source of potassium, plus the vitamin’s A, C and E. According to research at the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences, which studied the flowers of musa paradisiaca, banana flowers have tremendous nutritional value. They are a good source of fiber and protein. The flowers contain a class of phytochemicals known as saponins. Saponins lower LDL ,or bad cholesterol, boost our immunity against infection and are thought to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. They also have antioxidant activity and so can reduce our risk of chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease. Banana flowers are also an excellent source of flavonoids. These phytochemicals found in many plant based foods help prevent damage to DNA cells by neutralizing free radicals. They also help lower cholesterol, are anti-inflammatory, anticancer and anti-aging.


Ingredients:
Banana blossoms, preferably saba variety —- 1 cup
Flour —- 1/2 cup
Egg —- 2 pcs
Cooking oil
Black pepper —- 1/4 tsp black pepper
Salt —– 1 tsp salt
Garlic —- 1 pc
Onions —- 1 medium size onion

Procedure:
1. Get your banana blossom.
2. Remove the matured bracts but save all the young banana fingers.
3. Wash thoroughly in running water and rinse well.
4. Chop thinly (young bracts and fingers) and cook with small amount of boiling water until tender. Drain and set aside.
5. Saute onions and garlic. Mix with the cooked banana blossoms together with the rest of ingredients.
6. Fry two spoonful of mixture until golden brown.