Ginataang Puso ng Saging are banana blossoms cooked in coconut milk (or coconut cream).
“Ginataan” is a Filipino term which means to cook in coconut milk or coconut cream. “Puso ng Saging”, on the otherhand, literally means Banana heart. We all know that the banana tree has no heart. The banana heart are banana blossoms. These is a bud or flower that will become banana (fruits) later on.
Cooking Ginataang Puso ng Saging using fresh banana blossoms is quite tedious. I use fresh banana blossoms everytime I make this dish, but that was when I was in the Philippines. The procedure is quite tedious considering that the banana blossoms needs to be prepared before cooking.
The preparation involves chopping the blossoms and soaking them in salt for several minutes. This is done to release the sap inside the banana blossoms. Once this has been completed, the banana blossoms are washed with water and placed inside a cloth. The cloth is squeezed later on to fully release all the sap (similar to making atchara) from the banana blossoms – only then can you start cooking.