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I sometimes use banana leaves and they do enhance the flavor of the cooked food. I have also used foil when banana is not available. Banana leaves don't have to be boiled, just steamed or run through hot water to make them supple.


If you can find a local Asian or Mexican specialty food store, you'll be more likely to find them, though they may be in the frozen section. Part of the uniqueness of these leaves is that they impart a slight flavor to the food cooked in them. People in the tropics use these huge leaves to line cooking pits and to wrap everything from pigs to rice. The ...

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