Monday, August 27, 2012

Caribbean foods: the banana-like vegetable called a plantain

Plantains are a member of the banana family, says

They are a starchy, low in sugar variety that is cooked before serving as it is unsuitable raw. It is used in many savory dishes somewhat like a potato would be used and is very popular in Western Africa and the Caribbean countries. It is usually fried or baked.

Plantains are native to India and are grown most widely in tropical climates.

Plantains are sometimes referred to as the pasta and potatoes of the Caribbean.

Sold in the fresh produce section of the supermarket, they usually resemble green bananas but ripe plantains may be black in color.