Plantains are great when cooked!

Mar 4, 2016
by: jhostos

I just read a Wikipedia article: Cooking plantain.

Cooking plantain. (2016, March 3). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:40, March 4, 2016, from

I like this article because it is telling me about the food that I like and I hope you will read this and agree.

Here’s one paragraph that I think is important, because it shows how plantains are different from bananas and how they are better when cooked:

“Plantains contain more starch and less sugar than dessert bananas and are therefore usually cooked or otherwise processed before being eaten. They are always cooked or fried when eaten green. At this stage, the pulp is hard and the peel often so stiff that it has to be cut with a knife to be removed. Mature plantains can be peeled like typical dessert bananas; the pulp is softer than in immature, green fruit and some of the starch has been converted to sugar. They can be eaten raw, but are not as flavorful in that state as dessert bananas, so are usually cooked. When mature, yellow plantains are fried, they tend to caramelize, turning a golden-brown color. They can also be boiled, baked, microwaved or grilled over charcoal, peeled or still in the peel.”

Plantains have less sugar in them and they are not like dessert bananas. This is important to me because I eat them all day and also I cook them by myself. That is really crazy that I cook them by myself, and sometimes my mom cooks them for me.

I'm pretty sure this is accurate about how plantains are best when they are cooked, because It says it here too :

"Green plantains taste more like a potato with a starchy texture. Because of this, plantains are not suitable for eating raw unless they're very ripe… Plantains are higher in starch than bananas, low in sugar and is similar to a potato in texture. Plantains have similar nutritive value as fresh bananas plus vitamin A, and are an excellent source of carbohydrates, according to the University of Florida Extension. Plantains are also a good source of vitamin C and are low in sodium and calories."

Plantains look like bananas, but they are more like potatoes. They are starchy, and like a potato, you would want to cook them first. I love cooking plantains Plantains are high in starch and low in sugar, but they are just as good for you as bananas, plus they are healthier! I love them!

Another sentence from the Wikipedia article that stands out for me is: "In Cuba, plantain chips are called mariquitas. They are sliced thinly and fried in vegetable oil until golden colored. They are very popular appetizers served with a main dish.[12]" This is about where plantains are eaten, and they love them in Cuba. It is important because I really love plantains and I wanted to know that. I make them in my house, and I eat them all day. That shows how I really like plantains!

I double-checked this fact through a site that has Cuban recipes, Qué Rica Vida, which makes me feel pretty sure that it is true.

Mariquitas are a traditional Cuban snack. Resembling what many refer to as “chips,” mariquitas are made with green plantains. They are thinly sliced then fried in hot oil and sprinkled with salt, creating an easy snack that Cubans love to enjoy while sitting or grab on the run.

This page shows how to make mariquitas, a delicious snack made from green plantains in oil.

What I learned from this article is that plantains come from Central America, and I never knew it come from there. I also learned that you can cook plantains any types of ways because they are starchy, like potatoes. Different cultures cook plantains differently, like the Cubans make mariquitas. I like the way you can crush plantains with the bottom of a cup. The question I have now is are plantains healthy for you to eat?



Submitted by Devan1 on Tue, 2016-03-08 12:16.

I never even knew what one of these were before reading this post. Great to know that there is always new food out there to try. It sounds like an interesting food since I do like dried bananas. I might have to get me some of these.

You helped me see plantains in a new way

Submitted by avillanueva on Tue, 2016-03-08 16:04.

Dear Jaylen,

I am happy with your post "Plantains are great when cooked" because I eat plantains once a week.

One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is:"Plantains look like bananas, but they are more like potatoes." I like this because I never saw it like that.

Another sentence that I liked was: "This page shows how to make "Marquita" This stood out for me because I never had Marquita before.

I do agree with you when you said that a lot of Cuban people love plantains.

Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I want to know more about plantains.

That's interesting. I never

Submitted by adi_kandula on Tue, 2016-03-15 11:54.

That's interesting. I never knew that plantains were good when cooked.