Green Plantain Bananas
Inventory, 40 lbs : 5.60
This item was last sold on : 12/09/23
Green plantains are distinguished by their age. They are simply the younger immature stage of the fruit. Their peel is thin and they have a very firm and starchy textured, lean-flavored flesh due to their very low sugar content. As plantains ripen, they develop a sweet taste and their color changes from green to yellow to black.
Plantains are available year-round.
Plantains are botanically classified as Musa paradisiaca. Plantains are a staple food in tropical regions and are considered a cooking banana. Plantains are the tenth most important staple that feeds the world, sustaining large populations across the globe.
Plantains are considered a super food. They have more than twenty times the amount of vitamin A, about three times the vitamin C, double the magnesium, and almost twice the potassium as the common banana.
The Green plantain must be cooked to be truly edible. They can be fried, boiled, baked, pickled and grilled. Since green plantains are very hard and starchy, they are often prepared like potatoes. Green plantains, in fact are the chosen plantain for fried plantain chips. Green plantains are essentially treated as and substituted for potatoes. Thus, they can be used in recipes calling for potatoes and utilized alongside ingredients in which potatoes compliment. Pair with savory herbs, garlic, pork, poultry, both rich and mild cheese, other starchy vegetables such as corn and shelling beans, tropical fruits, cream, chiles, cumin and curry.
Plantains have a long and rich history. Alexander the Great found plantains in Pakistan in 327 B.C. Pliny the Elder referred to them as "the fruit of the wise". Plantains were first domesticated in Papua New Guinea any where from 5000 - 8000 B.C. As global trade expanded, plantains found themselves in China in 200 A.D and had reached Africa by the 6th century. Native to India, plantains are now grown commercially in the Caribbean Central Africa, West Africa and Florida.
Plantains are native to Southeast Asia, Southern Asia and West Africa, most specifically to the tropical regions of Nigeria and Ghana. Unlike bananas, Plantain plants do eventually expire production of fruit, yet they are among the longest producing of banana plants. A single plant may produce fruits up to fifty years depending on its tropical location.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Alila Marea Beach Resort (Banquets)||Encinitas CA||805-539-9719|
|Lafayette Hotel - Quixote (Bar)||San Diego CA||619-296-2101|
|Nolita Hall||San Diego CA||619-618-8820|
|The Flavor Chef (Catering)||Vista CA||619-295-3172|
|Casa||San Diego CA||619-581-3003|
|The Lion Share||San Diego CA||619-564-6924|
|Kettner Exchange||San Diego CA||909-915-9877|
|Herb & Sea||Encinitas CA||858-587-6601|
|Inn at Rancho Santa Fe (Banquet)||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-381-8289|
|Bar Same Same (Kitchen)||Carlsbad CA||760-470-9143|
|Lodge at Torrey Pines Grill||San Diego CA||858-453-4420|
|Rancho Bernardo Inn||San Diego CA||877-517-9340|
|Bali Hai Restaurant||San Diego CA||619-222-1181|
|The Wild Thyme Company||San Diego CA||858-527-0226|
|Mikami||San Diego CA||619-780-0974|
|Sheraton Carlsbad (Banquets)||Carlsbad CA||760-827-2400|
|Artifact at Mingei||San Diego CA||619-846-2164|
|Mothership||San Diego CA||858-342-3609|
|Miss B's Coconut Club||San Diego CA||858-381-0855|
|Harvest Kitchen||Vista CA||619-709-0938|
Recipes that include Green Plantain Bananas. One is easiest, three is harder.