WHAT IS GREEN PLANTAIN?
A big long unripe banana, that’s how I would describe it. A plantain is green when not ripe and yellow when ripe. Plantain is about twice the length of a banana, approximately 12 inches long and about 2 inches on its widest part.
GREEN PLANTAIN NUTRITION FACTS
Unripe plantain is rich in potassium, magnesium iron, vitamin A and the B complex vitamins. It is a rich source of fibre and starch. It is also low in sugar, calorie, fat and salt.
HEALTH BENEFITS GREEN PLANTAIN
Green plantain has a very rich nutrition content, this means it has lots and lots of health benefits such as:
- It can be included in a weight loss meal plan
- It is an ideal meal during pregnancy
- It builds body immunity
- very good meal for fighting Diabetics
- It helps fight erectile dysfunction and low sperm count
- It helps improve iron deficiency
- Aids blood circulation
- Maintains a healthy heart
HOW TO USE GREEN PLANTAIN
So many uses have been attributed to the Green Plantain such as; meals, tea, snacks, juice and Platain flour
Green Plantain meals include:
plantain porridge – Plantain is diced, then boiled with vegetables and fish till soft. Mix and serve.
Plantain fufu – Plantain Flour is mixed in hot water into a very thick dough like paste and served with soup or Stew.
boiled plantain – chop plantain into 3 or 4 pieces, boil in water till soft. Serve with Stew.
Grilled or roasted plantain – Peel off the skin and place the Plantain on the grill or BBQ. Turn it over a couple of times till it is evenly brown.
Fried plantain (fried Plantain is not encouraged in a healthy meal due to the high amount of oil used in the frying)
Green Plantain snack
A very popular snack made from
Green Plantain is plantain chips.
The plantain is sliced thinly and fried.
For a healthy option,some prefer to dry plantain into chips. Sometimes it is salted.
Green Plantain flour
Plantain flour is made by slicing plantain into long thin slices, leaving those slices to dry and milling the dried slices into flour. It is always best to make your own plantain flour, the ones sold are mostly mixed with other carbohydrate foods like cassava.
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