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The Banana stem is really not a stem at all; it is the flower stalk of the banana plant. The thick stalks grow up from the ground and form the backbone of the herbaceous plant. The edible part of the Banana stem is the inner portion of the fibrous stalk. The rough and hard outer layers are removed to reveal the stark white and sometimes yellowish green stem. It is available year-round in the tropics and sub-tropics. The Banana stem is not as commonly used world-wide, but it is often seen in southern Indian cuisine. It is high in fiber and can aid in the treatment of ulcers or an acidic stomach. Like the fruit, Banana stem is very high in potassium and vitamin B6, which together benefit the muscles and the body?s production of hemoglobin and insulin. In Ayurvedic practice, Banana stem is used to aid in weight-loss, and is also said to be beneficial to overall health.