Plantain to the untrained eye could easily be mistaken for a banana. It looks and smells like a banana, but if you ever bite into a raw plantain you’ll know it’s not.

Plantains are bigger than bananas, harder to peel (especially when green), and can not be eaten raw. They must be cooked for consumption. So, why are they so popular? Because Plantains are very versatile.

They are always ready for cooking no matter what stage of ripeness - green, yellow or black, and plantains are used in different dishes from appetizers to desserts.

Once a plantain is matured it is cultivated unripe and right away carried to the market for sale.

Look for firm, mature, deep green, well-formed plantains that feel heavy in hand. Do not buy overripe, damaged, split fruits, as they stay poor. Once at home, store them open at room temperature for up to 4-5 days.

Once ripen, plantains too, like bananas, are very fragile and show signs of decay in short time span.

 Plantain  is one of my favourite ,I love, love plantain especially those that naturally got ripe on their  own ,that's very important for me,if possible harvested straight from the farm . plantain is so special because it provides the body with several minerals, the unripe plantain is consumed because of its high  iron  content ,and it is  highly recommended for  pregnant mothers as well as  diabetes patients.unripe plantain porridge garnished with veggies is a very delicious yet nutritious food.This meal isn't difficult to prepare as it takes less than an hour to get cooked.

Ripe plantain which  also contains  carbohydrates, it's equally good for the body ,but diabetic patients are advised to  avoid it because of its   suger  content. For those without health issues,are  free to enjoy both unripe and ripe plantain .

They  also provide adequate levels of minerals such as vit A, magnesium, and phosphorous. Magnesium is essential for bone strengthening and has a cardiac-protective role as well.

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