The cousin of the banana that’s cooked before it’s eaten.
Plantains are a less sweet version of the banana. They’re also much starchier than a banana, making them a bit more similar to a potato in terms of taste. Similar to a banana in the U.S. and Europe, plantains are a staple for people in tropical countries such as Ghana and Uganda.
Health Benefits of Plantains:
Plantains are packed with wonderful nutrients, giving them a slew of health benefits. Due to their fiber content, they’re great for promoting optimal digestion and managing cholesterol levels to help prevent hyperlipidemia. Managing cholesterol levels helps to prevent heart complications and keep your heart healthy! Because of their antioxidant content, plantains can also protect your body from free radicals that are associated with heart disease as well as certain types of cancer.
Nutrient Breakdown of Plantains:
*Per 1 cup cooked, 200g (1)
- Carbohydrate | 62.3g
- Vitamin A | 36% DV
- Vitamin C | 36% DV
- Vitamin B6 | 24% DV
- Potassium | 27% DV
How To Use:
First and foremost, always be sure to cook your plantains first. They’re not nearly as sweet as bananas. They’re delicious when sliced and cooked to be had as chips. They can be boiled, fried, baked, and even roasted.
Always make sure your plantains are ripe before cooking! When the skin is still green, they aren’t quite ready yet. Be sure to use those yellowish-brown plantains instead.