Plantain is my favourite new discovery of 2010! I love this relative of the banana. It can be cooked in a variety of ways and depending on how ripe it is gives it a completely different texture and taste.
When green, the plantain is a savoury, and fairly bland and starchy. When ripe it tastes very sweet and is mushy in texture. The difference between sweet and savoury is about 8-9 days to ripen and the skin turns from green to black. During my time living and travelling in Central America I was lucky enough to enjoy many a meal using plantain, such as patacones (or tostones), platanos maduros, and platanos chips!