If you live in a tropical area, you've likely noticed banana flowers for sale in your supermarket and wondered what to do with the flowers and how to harvest them. The flowers are popular in South Asian cuisine. Gardeners with their own backyard banana tree have two ways to cut banana flowers. Small flowers filled with nectar can be plucked right from the tree, while large flowers can be eaten fresh or cooked.
Wait for your banana plant to develop flowers. Then wait for the large flower to open its petals. Hiding beneath the large petal are dozens of small flowers.
Pluck off one of the small flowers by pinching it between your fingers. MG Online suggests drinking the nectar from these smaller flowers. As the large petals open they'll expose more small flowers, which you can cut.
Cut off the entire banana flower with a sharp knife if you want to eat it. If you only have one banana flower, wait for more to develop since you'll get no bananas by harvesting the only flower.
Place the banana flower on a cutting board. Cut it in half lengthwise with a sharp knife.
Rinse the cut banana flower under cold water to clean it. Pour an even layer of salt over the top of the banana flower to draw out excess moisture and render it suitable for eating, advises MG Online. After three to four hours, rinse the banana flower under cold water to remove the salt, then grill the banana flower or dice it thinly, and add it to a salad.