What a big banana!
Of course, Only those nationalities who have no kowledge of this vegetable would make such a statement.
That big banana is called Plantain and is very common in tropical climates.
In fact, it is a very important part of the daily diet.
For example: the green plantains are great for boiling.
Simply wash and boil with the skin.
Boil until tender (or easily pierced with a fork).
Discard boiled water, and allow to sit in a bit of cold water for a few minutes.
Remove the skin and cut into slices to accompany you meal, for instance, a curry dish.
At this point you may mash it (like potatoes) and add some butter (great for babies).
The ripe plantain may also be boiled until tender, sliced and added as a side dish to the main meal.
However, it is commonly fried.
Wash the plantain. Remove the skin (peel).
Cut in half, then into thin, lengthwise slices.
Fry in heated oil until golden in colour on both sides.
Fried Plantains are a great accompaniment to Ackees and Codfish, fried eggs, rice and curry, Callalloo and stew Chicken, and many, many more dishes.
Fried plantain has a delicious sweet taste.
For those who have not tried plantains before in their lifetimes, may be it would be a good idea since the investment is not too much, less than a dollar, to try this at least once in your lifetime.
You never know, you may begin to like it and it may become part of your daily meal.
Vegetarians, you would love it.
40 years ago when I had my store on Baldwin in Kensington Market, I purchased a few cases of plantains in the green format.
I opened the cased and covered with a large garbage bag and within one week time, they all turned a beautiful yellow colour to the delight of my customers.
Over the years, I developed Plantain Chips in a snack bag format which is produced in Ecuador or Costa Rica.
It is a refreshing alternative to Potato Chips.
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