Banana leaves have been used in Indian cuisine for thousands of years. Smearing chutney on a fresh piece of a white flaky fish, then wrapping it in a banana leaf and baking/grilling it provides a unique flavor to this dish. In the Indian holistic science of traditional medicine - Ayurveda, the essential oils from the banana leaf have been known to have digestive properties.
Every year when its summer, farmers' markets sell heirloom tomatoes. These tomatoes are my favorite. The weird-shaped tomatoes are so appealing. I use the green and yellow heirloom tomatoes in salads, whereas the red tomatoes go in making a tomato chutney. This tomato chutney is my mom's recipe.