Banana Leaves are convenient and come ready to use. They are perfect for cakes, tamales, or to cover rice keeping it moist and ready to serve.
In Venezuela, banana leaves are used to wrap hallacas, a typical Christmas meal.
In Mexico, banana leaf wrapping differentiated Oaxacan tamales from other tamales in the country, which are wrapped in corn leaf.
In Colombia it is widely used as a tamale wrapper, typical food in all regions of the country.
In Honduras, banana leaf is used to wrap chicken or pork tamales. Traditional food in Christmas celebrations, births or even wakes. It is also used to wrap curd, a product derived from fermented milk.
Southern Indian cuisine is generally served on banana leaves. Some Indian and Khmer recipes use banana leaves as a container for when frying, then remove them to retain flavors.