Banana Blossom is a teardrop-shaped crimson flower  that grows on the end of the stem holding a banana cluster. Once the dull outer leaves are peeled away, deep crimson petals are revealed; rows of thin-stemmed yellow flowers and ultimately the blossom’s heart.

Similar to artichokes, both the petals and the heart are edible. The banana blossom  is considered a vegetable in Southeast Asian and Indian cooking. It can be eaten raw, steamed, curried or cooked in soups and the petals can be used decoratively as petite serving dishes.