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Plantain bananas may look like other bananas but the resemblance ends there. Plaintains are starchy, not sweet, and are used as a vegetable in cooking rather than as a fruit.

Scientific Binomial Name: Musa x paradisiaca or Musa sapientum

SELECTION INFORMATION
Usage

Baked or fried when green - used in dessert dishes when ripe. Not generally eaten raw.

Selection

Also called Platano, good-quality Plantains look like over-ripe bananas with dark spots and scars, but they should be fairly firm. The best Plantain for frying is still green-skinned.

Avoid

Avoid product that has completely black skin and is soft or has spots of mold.

Storage

The ideal storage temparature for bananas is between 60 to 65 degrees to hold them at their existing stage of ripeness. Temperatures above 69 degress will speed ripening.

Ripening

To ripen green bananas, put them into a plastic bag, seal it and place the bag in a warm place like on top of your refrigerator. This will cause the bananas to heat up which speeds the ripening process.

  • Nutritional Information
  • Plaintain bananas are low in fat, Sodium-free, Source of fiber and potassium, Source of vitamin C & B6, Cholesterol-free.

  • Tips & Trivia
  • Saut√© green-tipped bananas until brown in just enough margarine or cooking spray to coat. Serve as a side dish or "starch" with chicken, pork or even fish.

    You can freeze bananas! Just peel and store in plastic bags up to 6 months. They are generally only good for smoothies and baking once frozen. Thaw and drain frozen extra-ripe bananas and use in baked goods... or slice frozen into blender drinks. Have for

    To ripen green bananas, put them into a plastic bag, seal it and place the bag in a warm place like on top of your refrigerator. This will cause the bananas to heat up which speeds the ripening process. You can also put other green fruit like peaches and

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