Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Food Glossary: Plantain

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!


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