Banana Shoots This page first published: Mar 14, 2004 · Updated: Jun 19, 2018 · by CooksInfo. Copyright © 2021 · This post may contain affiliate links · This blog generates income via ads · Banana shoots are green shoots that are the start of banana plants. They are cut just before they open up and start developing leaves. They are sold fresh markets in South-East Asia; elsewhere, mostly canned in brine. Cooking Tips They are prepared as a vegetable. Language Notes In Malaysia, they are called “jantung pisang”; in the Philippines, “rabong”.