I love plantains in any way possible. Plátanos are as popular in the Dominican Republic as baseball, merengue music, and rum. It is one of those foods people outside the Caribbean see as something exotic, but for us, is the equivalent of tortillas in other parts of Latin America.
Plantains entered the New World during the colonization and have been popular in coastal areas all over the Americas. In the Dominican Republic they are an essential part of the culture and the local cuisine.
Plátanos are often mistaken for bananas because in some Latin American countries, the word plátano is used to refer to bananas. In the Caribbean, where bananas also have an important role within the islands’ cuisine, plantains are loved by most and cooked in different ways. They can be prepared as a main or side dish and for any meal of the day.
You can fry, grill, steam, bake or boil plantains to serve the particular needs of the meal you are arranging. They are great as an accompaniment to any meat, fish, or poultry and help you feel full for a long period of time. If you’ve never tried it, you may want to know its scientific name is musa paradisíaca (muse from paradise). Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired!
Inspiration aside, plátanos are definitely a versatile, affordable and healthy fruit that you can find almost anywhere in the United States nowadays. I invite you to read through the slides and check some of the different ways we enjoy it in the Caribbean islands.