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Nancie McDermott

Excellent! Completely clear and inspiring. How wonderful is it, that something so "exotic" (i.e. completely unknown to me in my childhood in North Carolina and virtually unavailable most places until a decade or so ago, is now just a trip to an Asian or Latino market away for so many folks. You buy a good supply, treat them as you've shown here, and you have a wonderful kitchen "tool" at your fingertips, useful in countless cuisines. I had banana-leaf-wrapped tamales from a roadside stand in North Wilkesboro NC last week, and they were divine (as were the warm churros).

Andrea Nguyen

Nancie, times have changed so much since the mid-70s, huh? You getting roadside tamales in NC? My oh my. You're one lucky woman. I get my tamales in the parking lots but the sad thing is that they're not lardy enough. :-(


Berkeley Bowl sometimes has the fresh leaves, but I agree the frozen ones are fine.


I have only found the frozen kind, but love cooking with them given the flavor they impart. I've found the frozen versions to be very fragile so its a lesson in patience for me.

I loved the sustainability idea of using banana leaves as dishes. When I was in Singapore I ate at the Banana Leaf restaurant and they served us on those leaves it was incredibly tasty food and nice to know nothing was wasted.


I wish I would have read this article before I started using the fresh banana leaves. I tried to wrap some sweet rice with plantin and ended up tearing most of the leaves. Somehow, in the middle of the mess, I realized something needs to be done. I then cooked the fresh leaves in really hot water ( not boiling) for some minutes. The leaves turned out to be softer for wrapping. ( Don't ask me why I got the idea)

I guess I will try your way next time. Thank you for the tip.


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I live in New Orleans where banana trees thrive. There seem to be just a couple of varieties though, which are only ornamental (the fruit are seedy and bitter). Can I still use the leaves for steaming and wrapping? Thanks.

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