How to Eat Plantains

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Plantains are bananas are technically the same fruit, although the plantain is typically larger and less sweet than a banana - you can't just peel and eat a plantain as your would a banana. These extremely starchy fruits do not sweeten as much as bananas when they ripen. Plantains are used as a starchy vegetable like potatoes in Latin and Indian cuisine. The skins of plantains are not as easy to remove as banana peels. You must cook plantains before eating them because they will be too dry and starchy without cooking.

Things You'll Need

  • Paring knife
  • Slice off the top and bottom ends of the plantain.

  • Cut the plantain lengthwise just through the skin along one side.

  • Turn the plantain over and make another cut into the skin down the length on the other side.

  • Insert your fingers in the cuts through the skin to pull it apart and remove the peel from the plantain.

  • Cook the plantains as you would potatoes. Slice them thin and deep fry, bake in the oven, or fry.

  • Serve the cooked plantains as a savory side dish or snack.

References

  • "Good Eats 2: The Middle Years"; Alton Brown; 2010
  • "The Science of Good Food"; David Joachim, et al.; 2008
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
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