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A starchy, large banana that is used in cooking, plantains have less sugar than bananas. They can be consumed when still green, but are always cooked.

Buy It

  • Choose plantains that are not moldy or cracked.
  • Plantains should be firm when green, yield to gentle pressure when yellow, and slightly soft when ripe (black).

Store It

  • Store plantains at room temperature in well ventilated area, never in the fridge.
  • Green plantains will ripen slowly over several days to weeks.
  • Once ripe, use within 2-7 days.

Cook It

  • Plantains must be cooked before they are eaten.
  • Use them as a starchy vegetable when green and as a sweet side dish or dessert when ripe (the skin turns black).

Why It's Great

  • Vitamin A keeps our eyes working, our immune system strong, and our cells growing.
  • Vitamin C keeps our immune system strong and helps our bodies heal quickly.
  • Potassium, a type of electrolyte, helps build muscle and keeps your heart healthy.

Try It

Calypso Island Chicken with Brown Rice
1 hr 10 mins
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Coconut Cassava Mash
40 mins
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Oven Fried Plantains
50 mins
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