Plantains for All!
Plantain Cook is dedicated to the bananas’ delicious, versatile and beneficial cousin, the humble, not-so-humble, plantain.
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Plantain Questions Answered:
Are plantain bananas?
Yes, plantain bananas are a type of banana.
The main difference between plantains and regular bananas is that the former is not sweet like the latter. Instead, plantains have a neutral flavor and a starchy texture similar to that of a potato. Although it’s not sweet like its yellow cousin, plantain is still packed with vitamins and minerals.
In fact, there are many benefits of eating plantains other than being one of the best sources of vitamin C.
Are plantains paleo?
Are plantains good for you?
Yes! Plantains are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. In fact, they’re even more nutritious than common yellow bananas. They’re also much less sweet, so most people don’t add sugar when cooking with plantains. Instead, they focus on the natural sweetness of this yellow-ish fruit.
Plantains have fewer calories than green bananas and can be used in place of them in most recipes.
They also contain more vitamin C than green bananas but less vitamin A and B6. However, both plantains and green bananas are good sources of potassium and manganese. Here is why you should eat plantains if you haven’t already…
What are plantains?
Plantains are a staple in many tropical and sub-tropical homes. Often mistaken for yams or potatoes, plantains have a much different flavor profile. These starchy tubers have been part of the human diet for thousands of years.
Today, they are most frequently consumed as a side dish or main meal in several South American countries and other tropical areas.
The plantain is an enlarged fruit (not a root vegetable) that grows in clusters directly above the ground on the vine. This makes it much different from its cousins, the banana and the potato.
There are two types of plantains: sweet and bitter. The difference between these varieties is not their taste but how they are used as food. Both varieties can be eaten raw as snacks or cooked as side dishes or main meals with various flavors and spices added to them.