Plantains- The Healthy Snack Alternative
Plantains are rich in potassium and low in sodium, making them an ideal healthy fruit. They are great for reducing depression, achieving healthy bones and intestines, and regulating high blood pressure.
If you buy plantains at your local grocery store or farmer's market, you will find that plantains usually have green or yellow skin. The green-skinned bananas are not yet ripe, but the yellow-skinned bananas are ripe and ready to eat. If you plan to eat your fruit within 1-3 days, buy the yellow one. You can easily buy yellow plantains online from various online sources.
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Plantains are fragile and need to be stored properly. If you buy bananas in a plastic bag, you should dispose of the peels as soon as possible. You should avoid storing them in the refrigerator as this will speed up the ripening process.
You can easily freeze plantains as they will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. Here are 2 ways you can freeze it.
1. Freeze in crumbs and in a zippered bag.
2. Remove from rind and drizzle with a little lemon juice to prevent browning, then place in a ziplock bag.
There are many things you can do with plantains other than just use them for a healthy breakfast.
Banana plants were first grown in Africa for home use. In Africa, there is evidence that banana cultivation there may date back to 8000 BC. This means that the mountains were most likely the first places where bananas were grown. Many wild bananas still grow in Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.