Have you seen those large, purple flowers hanging from the banana stalk? Do you know they taste as interesting and as good as they look? Try this dish from Sri Lanka. Banana flowers have long been used in Indian and Thai cooking. Each flower is large enough to be a meal in itself with a subtle flavor which holds stronger flavors in balance Banana flowers grow at the end of the single flower stalk produced by each banana stem. They are pollinated by bees, wasps and flying insects. The flower is a deep maroon of tightly wrapped thick sepals hiding smaller yellow or white flowers. It is these smaller white or yellow flowers which develop into bananas. For this recipe the whole flower is used.