Fruit facts
Banana flour
Dr Chiranjit Parmar

Banana flour is three times richer in minerals than wheat floor. It is prepared from sundried unripe bananas. This flour is also gluten free. Nutritionists say that it can be a useful addition to wheat flour to make breads, cakes, pasta, baby foods etc. It is also a good source of fibre and anti-oxidants. To make banana flour, the fruits have to be given a few simple treatments like steaming and soaking in mild citric acid solution to reduce stickiness and to improve colour before drying and grinding.