Other names: Banana Leaves
Availability: Sporadic - All year.
Source: Central America and Mexico.
Handling Tips: 45°F.
General Information: The banana leaf is just that, a large leaf cut from the banana tree. It ranges from 12-20 inches wide and up to 6 feet wide. Most commonly used to wrap a whole pig for roasting. In addition, the leaves can be used in many ways for decoration. In Chinese cooking, the leaves are often wrapped around tougher cuts of meat and steamed for a long time at low heat to impart tenderness and flavor. Use even smaller portions of the leaf as wraps to make interesting finger food such as tamales or Chinese rice cakes.