The above is a photo of the flower of the banana. Usually, after the bananas have formed, it will still have a purplish watchacallit thingie. The Malays call it jantung pisang or heart of the banana. It is the part of the flowers which did not form into banana. The purplish layers will drop off layer by layer, revealing tiny yellow flower which is full of nectar. The nector is gel like and sweet. I know ‘coz I ate those when I was a kid. There wasn’t pesticides and toxic chemicals then. Don’t do it now ‘cos you may die of poison chemicals. The above are honey bees and not flies, ok?
Back in the kampung, my mom would pluck on of these banana flowers, peel of several layers of the purple thingie and then, steam it. After steaming, the purplish colour becomes brown, of course.
Jantung pisang is a nice dish serves with sambal belacan.
I do not know how to describe the taste except that it is tender, not much taste but lemak a bit and excellent with sambal belacan.
The price of rice has increased so much, now I feel really guilty when I cannot finish my rice. Do you know that not only the prices increase but the local supermarkets and hypermarket has no stock of the cheaper rice? Meanwhile, they slaughter us who buy the Thai fragrant rice. It costs RM42 for 10kg now when previously, it was only RM25 when there is a sale.
So, we must go back to our kampungs, tanam pisang, tanam jagung, tanam ubi kayu to avoid starvation already. Damn, I am getting political on my food blog again. LOL.
(P/S : I did not survive solely on rice, jantung pisang and that green vege. I have a huge ikan terubok for lunch but it is not shown on the photo, ok? But if you feel kesian and wish to donate some PayPal to me, just ask! Hahaha)