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Plantain Fried and served simply

This is banana big brother and very versatile. In the tropics you see them 10-20ft tall towering over bananas. They are very nutritious and good cooked in several ways. They keep well making them a great cupboard item.  You can find them in some supermarkets (if you live in a culturally diverse area), or Asian shops or fruit and veg stalls.  Ripen in a dark cupboard.  Cook it green as a vegetable with curry, or let it ripen until dark and then peel slice and fry gently until golden brown. Salt lightly and serve with roti and drops of Ooft! Scotch Bonnet, or as in picture on a roll. Plantain has a taste that will have you coming back for more.

Ripe Plantain slow fried on a roll with Ooft! Hot Sauce
Ripe Plantain slow fried on a roll with Ooft! Hot Sauce

Nutritional Facts About Plantains

One cup raw plantain has roughly (in recommended daily values)

  • 181 calories
  • 47 grams carbohydrates
  • 1.9 grams protein
  • 0.5 grams fat
  • 3.4 grams fibre
  • 27.2 milligrams vitamin C (45 percent DV)
  • 1,668 IU Vitamin A (33 percent)
  • 0.4 milligram vitamin B6 (22 percent)
  • 739 milligrams potassium (21 percent)
  • 55 milligrams magnesium (14 percent)
  • 0.9 milligrams iron (5 percent)

 

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