The Jamaican Plantain is closely related to the banana but the fruit of the plantain is often larger than the banana.
The Plantain also bears a smaller number of fingers per plant than the banana.
Plantain is not as readily available as green bananas but is a favourite food of many Jamaicans. Similar to the banana, green plantains are prepared for the table in Jamaica by boiling or deep frying.
My favourite is the ripe plantain which can be fried and served as part of a meal or just to make a quick sandwich. Plantains take a longer time to ripen than bananas – although they look just as yellow, they are not as ready to eat in the same way as a ripe banana.
If you bite into a not so ripe plantain, you will get the gist but a well ripened plantain can be eaten as it is – no frying needed.
If you like chips then look out for ripe or green plantain chips on the supermarket shelves. Very tasty indeed!
Preparing the ripe plantain for your table is pretty easy. Here is how I do it:
Reduce heat if necessary as they burn easily. Remove from pan when cooked and place on tissue paper to soak up any excess oil before serving.
Fried plantains are delicious on their own or you can add say a few slices of avocado and make a great sandwich.
Fried plantain slices are often used as garnish/decoration of buffet type tables in homes and functions.
The taste is a distinctive sweetish flavour which is simply irrestible.