Plantains as Side Dish
This traditional Caribbean side dish adds a subtle sweetness to any meal. We use plantains with heavy black spotting to entirely black skin.
- Plantains are not bananas, although they are related to the banana they are not suitable to eat raw and must be cooked. (Yall know I would have tried to eat it fresh had I not read this)
- They are starchy and often used as a vegetable the same way we would use potatoes. It is usually fried or baked. They are very popular in West Africa and Caribbean countries.
- A regular banana is ready to eat when the peel is yellow; however, plantain is considered ready to eat when the skin is black or almost black
- They are a good source of potassium, vitamin A & C. They are also high in fiber and used as an energy booster!