A close relative of bananas, plantains are a smaller fatter version of this elongated seedless fruit. Boasting a similar composition and nutritional value, plantains are cooked before consumption in one fashion or another, unlike bananas which can be peeled and consumed raw. Boiling plantains is a simple process that prepares them to be used in soups, stews, and whatever dish calls for it.
Things You'll Need
- Vegetable scrubber
Separate plantains from the bunch and wash them under cool running water. Use a vegetable scrubber to help remove any dirt or debris.
Bring a pot of water to boil on the stove with enough water to completely submerge the plantains.
Place the plantains into the pot gently making sure they are completely covered by the water.
Boil the plantains for 15 to 20 minutes. Test them for tenderness by poking them with a fork.
Pour the plantains into a colander or remove them from the hot water with tongs.
Tips & Warnings
- Plantains can be boiled peeled or unpeeled.
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