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A question about ripe Plantains

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Created July 02, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Are ripe plantains Primal/Paleo? Could i add them to my daily diet as any other Primal fruit? The thing is i love to have something sweet in my savory dishes as a contrast.

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8014 · July 02, 2012 at 6:37 PM

*Whew!* I got worried there for a sec. ;-) Yes, I've noticed plantains are just like bananas in the sense that the underripe ones are starchier, and the more they ripen, the more they turn to sugar. (And maybe underripe plantains are considered less palatable b/c they're *not* sweet. But of course, that's not a bad thing...)

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4266 · July 02, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Yeah, if you let them ripen long enough they're so sweet they're more like bananas.

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1567 · July 02, 2012 at 5:26 PM

There's nothing WRONG with eating a raw plantain, it's just that they're not generally palatable raw. The black ones are fully ripe and would be the only ones that are usually okay for eating raw if you must eat raw.

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8014 · July 02, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Yikes...I've eaten raw plantains before. Is there something dangerous about that I should know? I'm still alive... (But I've probably only eaten raw plantains maybe 3 or 4 times in my life. Usually very ripe -- almost black on the outside. Definitely not green. Maybe that's safer than underripe/raw?)

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3221 · July 02, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Of course, the more you caramelize 'em the sweeter they get, i cook them in Bacon fat

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1241 · July 02, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Yes, but be sure to cook them first.

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8014 · July 02, 2012 at 6:37 PM

*Whew!* I got worried there for a sec. ;-) Yes, I've noticed plantains are just like bananas in the sense that the underripe ones are starchier, and the more they ripen, the more they turn to sugar. (And maybe underripe plantains are considered less palatable b/c they're *not* sweet. But of course, that's not a bad thing...)

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8014 · July 02, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Yikes...I've eaten raw plantains before. Is there something dangerous about that I should know? I'm still alive... (But I've probably only eaten raw plantains maybe 3 or 4 times in my life. Usually very ripe -- almost black on the outside. Definitely not green. Maybe that's safer than underripe/raw?)

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3221 · July 02, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Of course, the more you caramelize 'em the sweeter they get, i cook them in Bacon fat

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4266 · July 02, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Yeah, if you let them ripen long enough they're so sweet they're more like bananas.

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1567 · July 02, 2012 at 5:26 PM

There's nothing WRONG with eating a raw plantain, it's just that they're not generally palatable raw. The black ones are fully ripe and would be the only ones that are usually okay for eating raw if you must eat raw.

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