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PLANTAIN

Though similar in appearance, this larger cousin of the banana is treated much more like a vegetable in the kitchen than a fruit. Whether green or black, plantains are rich in nutrients and offer distinct bold flavors ranging from starchy to sweet and caramelized.

Prepared in a variety of manners such as mashed plantain, fried chips, and even in lasagna, this fruit’s sweetness increases as the fruit ripens and darkens.

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Native Americans used the plantain to treat snake bites and even battle wounds.

Handling Tips

Place in a brown paper bag to speed up the ripening process
Store at room temperature away from other fruits
Suspend the fruit in the air for storage