Try Plantain
  • By Daniela Jacques
  • Feb 17, 2018

Try Plantain

This week’s mini-challenge for Fruity February was finding a new and unusual fruit to try.  Plantain is available in most of the larger supermarkets but many people have yet to try it.

Plantain is a Caribbean favourite and also eaten in other parts of the world including South America and Africa.  But they are often mistaken in this country for the banana, as they look so similar.  Although in the same family, plantains are starchier so they are usually cooked before eating.

They contain less sugar than bananas and contain Vitamin A, C B6, potassium, magnesium and iron.  They make a versatile cooking ingredient and an excellent accompaniment to other meals so can be used a bit like the potato.

To make baked plantain:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees C

  1. Coat a nonstick baking tray with cooking spray
  2. Cut the ends off of the plantains and peel
  3. Cut each plantain into .5cm slices
  4. Arrange in single layer on a preheated baking tray and coat tops with cooking spray
  5. Bake, turn each slice occasionally, for 10-15 minutes, until plantains are golden brown and very tender