Yum! How to Cut and Prepare a Plantain (Platano~plah-tah-noh)

Have you ever seen those banana looking things in the produce section of your grocery store?

Well, those green banana looking things are plantains. Plantains are delicious starchy vegetables that must be cooked before they are consumed. They are “cousins” to the banana and could easily be confused for one because of their shape and skin color. But make no mistake, just like a banana, plantains must be peeled in order to be consumed. In the video below, I show you exactly how to peel a plantain, because it could be a challenge if you’ve never done it before.

Youtube Video Link How to Cut and Prepare a Plantain

Hispanics have so many ways to prepare plantains and the flavors are terrific!

No matter what place in the world you live in, you are likely to find plantains in your grocery store. You might find them green or ripe and in either state, you can fry them, boil them, or bake them.

When plantains are green, it is best to peel them, cut them in chunks and boil them with water or deep fry them. When they are darker and ripe, you can peel them and cook them in slices, chunks or whole.

My cookbook Not Just Tacos has recipes to show you how to prepare all the varieties of plantains that Hispanics consume. I encourage you to grab your own personal copy here and begin to delight your tastebuds with the flavors of Latin America!

And once you’ve grabbed your copy, find Platanos Fritos (plah-tah-nohs free-tohs) or fried plantains on page 51 and try these delicious treats as a side dish to any main course meal.


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