Banana leaves are used throughout Asia and Central America. They not only impart a light flavour to the leaf itself, but also leave the contents moist and full of flavour. In general, the tamale, the hallacas, a whole fish or a chicken breast are placed inside the banana leaf. It is then tied with a string and made into a bundle. The package is then steamed or grilled on a barbecue. The contents are protected by the leaf and the result is smooth, succulent and delicious, slightly tinged with the flavour of the banana leaf.