There is nothing more amazing than the natural textures and the best are always on green leaves. Very much green and more detailed with a fantastic backlit, banana leaf is my choice for our Sunday Stills challenge ‘Texture’ this week.
Banana leave back in my home town are used as plates to serve our meals (usually cooked rice and around 11 to 13 essential dishes, on main occasions the number of curries would go up to 18-28) and as a part of food a banana is also served after the meal. The first thing comes to my memories associated with Banana Leaves are our traditional yearly harvest festival called Onam, the festival celebrations last long for 10 days and is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm all over the state by people of all communities. The most impressive part of Onam celebration is the grand feast called Onasadya a nine course meal. Onasadya is served on banana leaves and people sit on a mat laid on the floor to have the meal.
Banana leaves are used for many purposes such as for decorative elements, wrappings, plate mat, and employed in cooking method. It is used as a decorative element for special ceremonies in Hindu and Buddhist cultures. It is also used as a plate to serve food in countries including India and Indonesia. Banana leaves, though commonly thrown away, contain large amounts of polyphenols, including EGCG, similar to green tea. They also contain polyphenol oxidase, that could be used treatment for Parkinson’s disease.