Plantain is a fruit but is basically considered a vegetable. They look similar to the bananas that you might know but they are way different. They are bigger and much harder and when they are green, they are not sweet but rather starchy, much like a yucca root or a potato. However, as they ripen, they start to turn yellow and then black and they start to become sweeter, but they must be cooked for consumption!
These large cousins from the bananas are good for you. They are low in fat and sodium and have no cholesterol. They’re high in carbohydrates and are a great source of potassium, magnesium, fiber and vitamin c.
They can be found in many tropical and subtropical regions of America, Africa and Asia. They are staple food in the tropical regions of the world.
Fun fact: they rank as the tenth most important staple food in the world.