Eat Local Food Series: Plantain

Unpeeled Plantain

Unpeeled Plantain

Do you have issues with High blood pressure or other lifestyle diseases? Great way to keep your blood pressure down is to cook your plantain with the peel in tact. Wash the plantain cut it up and cook. Once it’s cooked then peel. The leaf of the plantain is also an antibacterial agent ideal for skin diseases etc.

Banana and longevity. Folk physicians of ancient Persia and India regarded this golden fruit as natures secret of perpetual youth. Even today, banana is known to promote healthy digestion and create a feeling of youthfulness. It enhances calcium, phosphorous and nitrogen retention which in turn helps in the regeneration of healthy tissues.

Banana (or Plantain) health food. The banana is of great nutritional value. It has a rare combination of energy value, tissue-building elements, protein, vitamins and minerals. It is a good source of calories since it is rich in solids and low in water content as compared to any other fresh fruit. Banana for energy. A large plantain supplies more than 100 calories. It contains a large amount of sugar that can be easily assimilated by the body. This makes it a good source of quick of quick energy and an excellent means to recover from fatigue. The use of bananas has been found beneficial in the treatments of several medical conditions such as intestinal disorders, constipation, arthritis, gout, anemia, allergies, kidney stones, tuberculosis and urinary disorders. It contains high levels of Vitamin C, A1, B6, and B12 which helps people give up smoking. The potassium and magnesium found in bananas helps the body recover from the effects of withdrawal symptoms.

Eat bananas in every form ripe, raw, cooked, milkshakes and desserts. It helps in treating many ailments related to your body.

Drinking extract from the stem attached to the banana cluster helps kill tuberculosis bacteria.

Apart from that, it has medicinal benefits too. Banana leaf juice is an amazing cleanser. Just half a glass of banana leaf juice taken once a week can clear your bowel. Banana leaf juice mixed with hot water and can be used for gargling. This provides a relief from sore throat. Banana leaves can be crushed and applied on skin. It heals burns, skin irritations and other minor wounds. Banana leaf ash can be mixed with water and can be ingested as a treatment for diarrhoea.

waakye served on a plantain leaf

waakye served on a plantain leaf

Plantain young leaves are used as dressings for skin wounds to treat inflammation. Banana leaves are used as a cool application for headaches. The powdered roots of banana are used to treat anemia and cachexia Banana/plantain seeds used to treat inflammation of the mucus membrane of the nose and throat The mucilage from tender roots is used to check hemorrhage in genitalia and air passages. The sap of the roots are used as enema for diarrhea

The leaves of the plantain leaf can be used as a environmentally friendly surface to eat from. Try ordering your waakye (local rice and beans dish) with plantain leaf instead of the plastic wrapper or polystyrene container.

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