There are over 50 types of Banana in Thailand. “Nam-wa” is one of Thai Banana.
It is the most popular variety in Thailand. The production of Gluay Namwa is spread from the upper southern region to the central plain and to the lower northern region.
Thais don’t just eat the fruit, they also eat the flower of the banana tree, and use the leaves as packing, or to create a container to cook. The most famous dish made with banana leaves is ‘hor mok’, a fish curry which is steamed inside a cup made from banana leaf. In Thailand, when you are served Pad Thai, it will come with a piece of raw banana flower to eat along with. There are dishes made entirely from banana flower too.
Thai babies are fed mashed up banana as easy baby food. One of the first solid foods Thai babies will eat are bananas. Thais also make dried banana chips, sticky sweets, deep fried banana pieces, bananas in coconut milk.. You name it! There are hundreds of ways of preparing banana in Thailand.
Thais believe that bananas are very healthy for your body. They have medicinal properties which help with stomach problems and flu. Bananas also have a ton of vitamins.
There are many desserts which contain bananas: gluay buat chee (bananas in coconut milk), khao mao tod (bananas coated and fried), gluay kaak (deep fried & coated banana slices), khao tom mat sai gluay (sticky rice wrapped in leaves with bananas inside), khanom gluay (banana in flour & steamed), gluay ping (grilled banana slices), gluay tap (sweetend syrup grilled squished bananas), gluay khai chuam (bananas in syrup).