Got a can of banana blossom in your cupboard that you just don't know what to do with? Give it a try in one of these tasty vegan banana blossom recipes.
With 200,000 edible plants available on Earth, it’s no surprise that many of them, such as jackfruit, are great substitutes for meat dishes thanks to their meaty textures.
The latest ingredient to capture the imagination of plant-based chefs across the world is the banana blossom, the fleshy, purple tear-shaped flower which grows at the end of a banana fruit cluster.
Traditionally used in south-east Asian and Indian cooking, its flaky texture makes it a brilliant substitute for fish in vegan dishes.
1. Banana Blossom ‘Fish’ and Chips with Tartare Sauce
Seaweed, white wine and ginger lend ‘fishy’ flavours and the magic of canned banana blossom brings all the texture required to make a plant-based version of fish & chips.
2. Banana Blossom ‘Crab Fish’ Cakes
Banana blossom is the perfect ingredient for recreating the flakey texture of crab in these vegan crab cakes.
Pan-fried until crispy, they’re great served with hand-cut chips and a squeeze of lemon.
3. Banana Blossom With Coconut & Chile
Lime, cilantro, and chiles give this Filipino dish, traditionally called ginataang puso ng saging, a more Vietnamese spin.
4. Vegan Banana Blossom Paella
The combination of saffron-infused rice, flaky banana blossom, peas, peppers, string beans and shallots makes for a very tasty vegan paella!
5. Vegan Fish Pie
This well-loved British dish gets a vegan makeover thanks to banana blossom which replicates the texture of fish beautifully in this hearty and comforting dinner.
6. Vegan Fish Tacos
These crispy vegan fish tacos with baja slaw, lime pickled onions and spicy mayonnaise and beer-battered banana blossoms are a total treat for the tastebuds!
In the mood for something easy for dinner? Try one of these vegan Instant Pot recipes.