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What are plantains?

I was talking to someone the other day who thought plantains and bananas were the same. They are actually different. They are well known in Latin America, Caribbean, Africa and South East Asia. Plantains have the same shape as ordinary bananas; however, they tend to be larger.

Since they have a starchier texture than bananas, plantains are used in many culinary applications and are great for boiling, frying, pounding and more. Among their various uses, plantains can be processed and made into flour used for baking, transformed into chips or mashed.


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