Plantain

Kinda shows that a little bit of racism can be funny, and perfectly fine tbh.

Only eaten it once, and can't remember it - something I'd like to try.

Love bananas anarl.
Aye I thought it was decent crack.

Even my da' who would normally pretend to be outraged and say something about how 'if we did that we'd be called racist' cracked a smile.
 
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zwartekat

Striker
I'm sure there are places, but in London you can buy them in almost every shop, supermarket and market stall. Up here they're like gold dust.
Sainsburys have them in sometimes and they aren't all that expensive. They're ok but I wouldn't chase round to get them.

The taste varies depending how you cook them. Fried, they do caramelise so taste a bit like a banana but mashed or baked I think they taste closer to potato.
 

bigmarlon

Midfield
'They’re sold by the bananas, but they probably belong closer to the potatoes.

Because while plantains may resemble bananas, they taste and cook more like a tuber. And in much of the world, that’s how these starchy fruit — sometimes called a “cooking banana” — are used. In Africa and India, they often are used as the base of stews and curries, much as potatoes would be.

Rinconcito Paisa, Colombian bakery and restaurant in Mariners Harbor, features some exciting specimens of plantains on their menu. Green ones get pounded into a pancake, then fried in vegetable oil until crispy. That preparation makes the vegetable taste a little like a potato chip would if it were thick-cut, although the flattened plantain remains spongiform in the middle.'
 

CatRyan

Striker
Sainsburys have them in sometimes and they aren't all that expensive. They're ok but I wouldn't chase round to get them.

The taste varies depending how you cook them. Fried, they do caramelise so taste a bit like a banana but mashed or baked I think they taste closer to potato.

Ahhh I tend not to mash or bake them
 

CatRyan

Striker
I don't like bananas but I do like plantain usually.
I only cook them the one way. I have eaten them in other ways but stupidly didn't really take that into account earlier.

I get the potato comparisons now as you can use them like potato flour etc
 

bigmarlon

Midfield
Ever tried one?

See..
'They’re sold by the bananas, but they probably belong closer to the potatoes.

Because while plantains may resemble bananas, they taste and cook more like a tuber. And in much of the world, that’s how these starchy fruit — sometimes called a “cooking banana” — are used. In Africa and India, they often are used as the base of stews and curries, much as potatoes would be.

Rinconcito Paisa, Colombian bakery and restaurant in Mariners Harbor, features some exciting specimens of plantains on their menu. Green ones get pounded into a pancake, then fried in vegetable oil until crispy. That preparation makes the vegetable taste a little like a potato chip would if it were thick-cut, although the flattened plantain remains spongiform in the middle.'
 

CatRyan

Striker
Ok mate. Well everyone else in this thread apart from you and Cat think the taste resembles a cross between a banana and a potato.

But I guess we're all wrong.

I really think it depends how you prepare it.

Not like potato in a frying pan.

Like potato flour if you use it that way.
 

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