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This item was last sold on : 04/22/17
Plantains are available year-round.
Plantains, botanical name Musa paradisiaca, are the fruit of the same species is as bananas as there are no clear distinctions between bananas and plantains other than bananas are for fresh eating and platains are considered cooking bananas. Those not familiar with the culinary attributes of plantains often view them as looking too black, too green or too bruised. However, that is exactly how they are to look during their different stages of edible use.
Black plantains are distinguished by their stage of maturity and their thick dark peel which encases a starchy and dense pink to pale yellow-hued flesh. They have a sticky texture and strong aromatics of vanilla and true nuances of banana. Only through cooking can the rich depth of sweetness come through in a plantain. Plantains are slow to ripen, commonly taking up to three weeks to become fully ripe.
Plantains are considered a super food. They have more than twenty times the amount of vitamin A, about three times the vitamin C, double the magnesium, and almost twice the potassium as the common banana.
Black plantains are steeped in the ethnic cooking of Latin and Caribbean cuisines. Black plantains excel as a supporting ingredient to enhance the flavor and depth of other ingredients such as chicken, beans, pork and seafood. Complimentary pairings include pineapples, mango, chiles, brown sugar, mellow melting cheeses, avocados, spices such as cumin, curry, pepper and tumeric, cilantro, coconut and cream.
Plantains are native to Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Africa, specifically tropical regions of Nigeria and Ghana. Plantain plants do eventually expire production of fruit, yet they are among the longest producing of banana plants. A single plant may produce fruits up to fifty years depending on its tropical location.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Lodge at Torrey Pines Main||San Diego CA||858-453-4420|
|Art Institute of San Diego||San Diego CA||858-598-1200|
|Pueblo||San Diego CA||858-490-6298|
|The Shores||La Jolla CA||858-459-8271|
|Monarch School||San Diego CA||619-651-6604|
|Wet Stone Winebar and Cafe||San Diego CA||619-255-2856|
|Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen 2||Vista CA||760-630-4311|
|Fresh and Fit Meals||National City CA||858-805-5949|
|Lena Craft Mexican||La Jolla CA||858-263-4190|
Recipes that include Black Plantains. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Laylita's Recipes||Pure de Platanos Maduros or Ripe Plantain Puree|
|The Pink Apron||Ripe Plantain Drink|
|Everyday Miracles and Mayhem||Plantain Tropical Muffins|
|Bitchin Camero||Cheesy Chicken Plantain Casserole|
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