What’s The Difference Between Bananas And Plantains?

Have you ever come across a bunch of what looks like bananas, but they’re bigger, thick-skinned and bright green? Have you ever raised an eyebrow at this suspiciously shady looking banana clone in your market or grocery, your suspicions are correct. These are not bananas, they are plantains.

Actually, plantains belong to the banana family, however, they are starchier and lower in sugar. This means that when Plantains are ripe, they will still be green in color. When plantains are overripe, they usual start to turn yellow or black. While a banana makes a great, raw on-the-go-snack, plantains aren’t usually eaten raw because of the high starch content.

Native to India and the Caribbean, plantains serve an important role in many traditional diets.When used in cooking they are treated more like vegetables than fruit. You are most likely to encounter plantains at your favorite Latin, African, or Carribean restaurant baked, roasted or fried up in the form of a delicious savory side.

Lastly, while plantains probably would not be as good covered in chocolate à la Bluth, they are pretty incredible roasted with poblano guava sauce.

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