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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.

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