DAILY PHOTO: Banana Flower

Taken in December of 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.

Taken in December of 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.

The other night, I ate banana flower for the first time–that I know of / remember–in two separate dishes. My wife and I were eating at the Oh! Calcutta on St. Mark’s Road in Bangalore, and we sampled banana flower croquettes as part of an assorted starter platter, and then I tasted some of my wife’s entrée, which was “dry cooked banana flower with coconut slivers.” The former was tasty, but so spicy that my undiscerning palate was incapable of learning anything about the flavor of this flower. The latter, much milder, dish tasted like a tasty take on mashed potatoes (again, to my unrefined palate.)

The picture above was taken in Malaysia, but banana flowers are present everywhere bananas grow (throughout much of tropics.)

Deceptively, the flower looks like it could be a deadly weapon–with its pointy, conical bloom.

DAILY PHOTO: Fruit Cart: Dragon Fruit and Banana

Taken in December of 2013 in Kuala Lumpur

Taken in December of 2013 in Kuala Lumpur

I took this on Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur’s famous food street. It was early, well before dark when the street gets thronged with hungry travelers. The fruit stands were just getting erected and the frog porridge was simmering.