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Inner Core (standard:other, 293 words)
Author: JuggernautAdded: Jul 16 2011Views/Reads: 1652/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
The cylendrical tender inner core of Banana plant is edible and in many South Asia cultures is considered as vegetable.

Inner Core 

Subba Rao 

The inner core is fluff and the outer core is masquerade, but 

this rubbish does not apply to plant kingdom. The inner core in plant 

stems and tree trunks are important since through the inner core the 

plant absorbs water and nutrients and sometimes serves as vegetable 

for good eating. 

The most interesting part of Banana or Plantain plant is the 

tender inner core of the trunk of the plant. Once the ripened fruit 

bunch was trimmed from the tree, the trunk is chopped off at the 

ground level; The trunk is then sliced lengthwise to remove layers of 

thick skin that separates easily to expose a long, cylindrical, white, 

shiny, tender looking inner core called ‘Davva' in a local language in 

South India.  The inner core is cut into 2 or 3 feet long pieces to be 

sold in local markets as a vegetable.  The inner core is mostly water 

as in water chestnut with no taste. To inner core is laced with long 

thin tough fibers to keep it firm and straight; these need to be 

removed carefully while chopping into small pieces before cooking. 

Various ingredients that include ground mixture of sesame seed, 

mustard seed and other spices bring an interesting taste to the 

tasteless inner core of the trunk. The only health benefit from eating 

this vegetable is it provides lots of fiber to the diet but again the 

cooking is tedious and time taking, only patience is the largest 

ingredient in its cooking. In most Banana growing countries, after the 

fruit bunch was cut-off, the trunk is discarded along with inner core; 

only in very few cultures in South Asia, the usefulness of Banana 

plant trunk inner core was realized for its vegetable value. 


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