In the Western world bananas had a glimpse of stardom in 1904 when the banana split was invented, but nobody has really paid much attention to them since. Compared to some of the more exotic fruits in the world, the banana is now considered by many to be a relatively unglamorous creature. Surely there are some exciting ways of using bananas!

In wise Cambodia, bananas are considered the mamas of all fruits and are used in every possible way imaginable. This is my countdown to 12 unusual ways of using bananas:

1. Barbecued
2. As a snack (dried banana crisps)
3. As a curry
4. As a wedding present (yes, carrying 5kg of bananas made me a sweaty mess)
5. As a smoothie
6. As a palate cleanser
7. As a dessert
8. As a cocktail
9. The leaves are used as wrapping paper
10. Banana blossoms are used in salads
11. As offerings in Buddhist ceremonies
12. Even bars are playing tribute
Bananas come in all shapes and forms
So as you can see bananas really rock! I am definitley a convert now. What’s your favourite way of using bananas?

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15 Thoughts on “12 unusual ways of using bananas

  1. Lol. And who said German’s don’t have a sense of humour???? Very cute post. I’m not sure I’d eat banana in a curry though. The wedding present cracked me up!

    My sister’s partner is a doctor and goes to Cambodia every year to do volunteer work. When she was there last year she did a class on sexual health to a group of young people and had to demonstrate putting a banana onto a condom. The only problem? Her bananas were a little, err, soft!

  2. No. that is just one of those outrageous stereotypes. πŸ™‚

    The banana curry was actually very tasty. The banana wasn’t a very sweet variety, so that’s why probably.

    Ha ha, that’s hilarious about your sister’s partner.Poor thing should have gone for the big green bananas, not the small yellow ones. They are much harder. Can’t believe I am giving advise on which bananas best to use for sexual health classes. Maybe there is a career in there. πŸ™‚

  3. I love barbequed bananas.
    And this is sad, not only did I not know you can eat banana blossoms until I went to SE Asia, I didn’t even realize bananas had blossoms. I mean, obviously they do, but i never really thought about it.

  4. Actually, truth be told I’ve never even tried barbequed bananas Daniel. But now I feel inspired to put that right over the weekend!

    And yes, banana blossom was an eye opener for me too. One of life’s unexpected things. Like the fact there are more chickens in the world than people.

  5. I absolutely love bananas – I have one every morning. They are especially good when cooked or dried like you’ve shown here – cool post!

  6. Thanks Andrea. Bananas definately rock! Think my favourite is the shake. Nothing better to get your energy back on a hot day.

  7. Bananas as wedding present are the best!! πŸ˜€
    I once went to a wedding in South India and the bride/groom gave oranges to the guests as “thank you for coming” gift.
    I see fruit is very IN at weddings these days!! πŸ˜›

  8. Very cool! I’m in Thailand at the moment, and when talking about bananas to a Bangkok lady (as you do), she could not quite hide her amusement over the weirdness that in the Western world, we basically just have one kind of banana:)Btw, there’s of course also a multitude of banana SONGS! …Probbaly for the best, if you don’t do any research, though;)

  9. They were the heaviest wedding gift I have ever bought as well Zara! πŸ™‚ Fruit and beer seems to be the wedding present of choice here in Cambodia.

    Love the fact there are banana songs in Thailand Vera. But my favourite banana song is the theme tune to Eric the banana man! A true homage to bananas! πŸ™‚

  10. I love this post! At home, I’m not a huge fan of bananas, but it was such a treat to enjoy them overseas when they were fresh and served in unusual (well, to me at least) ways.

  11. Thanks Bethany. Glad you enjoyed it. It is amazing how Asians can turn otherwise really boring food into something pretty amazing. Even mangos and papayas are used in so many different ways. Maybe I should do a post about that as well. πŸ™‚

  12. My friends and I visited this place and had enjoyed eating that salad. That moment was simply awesome and unforgettable. Thanks for reminded me and thanks for sharing such a wonderful experience of your.

  13. Aw, thanks Susan. You are quite welcome. Glad you enjoyed my favourite country and fruit in the world. πŸ™‚

  14. Love this, I feel like I need to make Banana curry!! When we lived in Tampa, and ate Cuban food a bit, I always ordered fried plantains! Banana’s really do rock!

  15. That banana curry was absolutely delicious. When I first saw it on the menu I was a bit sceptic, but as soon as I tasted it, I was a fan. Love fried plantains as well!

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