Banana blossoms are the flowers from the plaintain or banana tree. The one we get here in India, is the maroonish coloured flower. It consists of large maroon petal like encasing with long creamish or yellowish flowerettes. These long flowerettes are the edible part. The juice from the blossoms can stain the clothes and hence one needs to be careful while dealing with these blossoms.
1. Peel the maroon petals away and pick the long flowerettes.
2. Gently peel the layers of the flowertte to reveal the long strand with a slightly bulbous head and a thin plastic like sheet. Remove that bulbous strand and the thin plastic membrane like thing. They are not used for cooking.
3. If you want to prevent discolouration of the floweretts, soak them in water mixed with vinegar. They turn brown if left in the open for sometime.
4. The banana blossoms are now ready to use.