At the first glance, plantains look like bananas. While bananas and plantains have similar nutritious qualities, plantains are more nutritious than bananas. More than 120 countries including India, , Uganda and Colombia grow plantains.
Plantains are starchier , contain less sugar than bananas and can be added to many cooking recipes. Unlike bananas, plantains are typically cooked before eating. Bananas are eaten as a fruit while plantains are considered as a vegetable. One can replace plantains for potatoes in the recipes. Plantains are available year-round since it does not have a ' perticular growing season'.
Plantains can be found in green, yellow or red/ black variety.
Nutrition Facts: one cup cooked plantain:
(Source: Dr. Axe)
As we can see from the above information, plantains are a great source of vitamin A, B6, C, and magnesium, potassium etc. Apart from these vitamins and minerals, plantains and bananas contain Serotonin, an important chemical responsible for a number of brain functions including mood and sleeping, Our Happiness may depends on the amount of Serotonin in the brain. One can literally feel happy by eating plantains and bananas !
Plantains are a natural remedy for high blood pressure ( due to potassium ), constipation ( fiber), to fight free radical damage ( vit. C), skin and eye health ( Vit. A) healthy brain function and macular degeneration ( Vit. B6). Due to being a good source of magnesium and Serotonin plantains can help with migrains, insomnia and depression. Plantains have astringent ( Kashay) taste or properties. According to Ayurveda astringent or Kashay food is recommended to balance Pitta and Kapha Dosha . A tea made from plantain leaves can be used to treat diarrhea.
Plantain chips: Anytime 'pick me up snack!'
1 green plantain: peeled and cut in round pieces according to desired thickness
2 Tbs Coconut oil or ghee
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat a medium skillet.
Add coconut oil
Add the cut plantain
Let cook for a minute
Turn and cook for another minute
Later, keep turning till both sides are lightly brown or brown if want a bit crunchy
Add salt and pepper
Remove from heat and serve warm or cool
Note: if you are allergic to bananas, you may be allergic to plantain
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