We love our plantains, and so do most of our Latino brothers and sisters. If you don’t know what plantains are, or what to do with them, you’ve come to the right place. We give you our best plantain recipes.
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What are plantains?
Plantains –along with bananas- are members of the genus Musa. To the naked eye, plantains look just like a larger banana, but the main difference between both is that plantains, whether ripe or not, are always eaten cooked.
Plantains have more starch but less sugar than bananas, which makes them indigestible when raw.
Names in Spanish
Plantains are eaten ripe and unripe. Unripe (or green) plantains are known in Spanish as “plátano verde”, and in some places “plátano macho”.
“Plátanos maduros” and “plátanos amarillos” are the most common names for unripe plantains in Spanish.
Benefits of plantains
Plantains are very low in fat and sodium, they are cholesterol-free and are a very good source of fiber. One-half cup of cooked slices contains about 89 calories.
Plantains have 20 times the vitamin A, three times the vitamin C, twice the magnesium, and almost two times the potassium in a banana.