You would think these are bananas…but they aren’t! They are plantains. They are related to bananas but they are not bananas. They must be cooked, they can not be eaten raw. Until I bought this plantain, to my knowledge I have never had one before unless someone snuck it into my food without telling me.
I have a lot of food phobias. I can be a creature of habit but at the same time, I crave new food experiences. Because of not wanting to waste money by risking being disappointed with my food, I will be the last one experimenting at a restaurant. I realized that by doing this, unless I bought new ingredients myself, I would never get to try new foods. So I spent 79 cents and picked up this beaten up and old-looking banana (which is how you are supposed to pick them) and got over one of my food phobias.
Recently I tried making my less-spicy version of jerk chicken, since you know I can not handle habarnero peppers. I saw a wonderful woman who cooks for the Real Jerk Restaurant on Christine Cushing Live and replaced the habaneroes with seedless chipotles and added a fresh jalapeno and it was quite delicious. I needed something to go with the dish and remembered she also fried up some plantains:
No seasoning, no nothing. Just slice it up and fry it in a pan with oil. Wow, does it ever sear! And STICK! But they eventually come off when they are ready, no removing them early though.
The taste? Very subtle, not strong. A little starchy and a tad sweet. I liked them very much when they got crunchy. My husband who is a non-adventurous eater really like them! That’s two for two. Maybe you will like plantains too?
Plantains are even better for you than bananas. High in potassium, low in fat and will even help improve your skin and keep your immunity strong…why would we not eat them?
You can find plantains at most typical grocery stores, that is where I picked up mine. Do yourself a favour and get beyond your typical shopping habits. I know it is hard, we fall into habits of familiarity but it is fun to try new things.
Each week I want to try a new food. I want to get passed my own personal issues with food and reach beyond the usual. I want my adventurous spirit to have new foodie experiences and I will share them with you here. Do not be afraid of the unknown, it may end up being delicious.