The Khmer common name is “Chek Pong Moan”. Its scientific name is “Musa aromatica”and English common name is “Chicken Egg Banana”. Banana is popular for eating and used by every Cambodian people. They can eat the matured banana fruit or preserved fruit, flat dying, and dying banana …etc. Other than that Cambodian people like to use banana for offering to the spirit or for present in many ceremonies and to Thevada every Buddhist Saintday too. In Khmer expression “when sick use elephant to pray and when sickness gone even chicken egg banana is repented”. This is indicated that banana has been used for general purpose because it is cheap and can be found everywhere. Most chicken egg banana grows along the Mekong River, especially on the new emerging islands. Banana has been grown in Cambodia for a long time even though it originated from India. As an example, in ancient Khmer story “Grandchild of Banana Sheath” is an evident. Other than grow for fruit to general income of the farmer’s family, banana crop can also be used for many purposes such as stump which is a source of flour (starch or carbohydrate), especially during temporary scarcity of food, stem can be cut for pig feed, cows, and buffalos…etc. It also can be used as tie string, material for offering to spirit, leaf used for pack or wrap cake or other foodstuff, and banana flowers can be used as fresh vegetable or for cooking.
Source: Appendix 7 of the Royal Degree No. NS/RKT/0305/149 dated March 21, 2005 on the Designation of Animals and Plants as National Symbols of the Kingdom of Cambodia