If you’re from the Caribbean or meet someone from the Caribbean, 8/10 times you’ll discover they have a similar trait – plantain lover.
Now, I do know several individuals who absolutely hate them (which I’m still trying to wrap my head around) but hey everyone can’t like everything and on the bright side I say there’s more to go around!
Plantains are the perfect side dish for any meal and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner and cooked in a plethora of ways including baked,fried or boiled.
When I initially moved to the UK, one of the first things I needed to know was – where would I find my plantains?
A few months went by with no luck (a sad time in my life) – after asking around I finally found a place where I could find all the plantains that I would ever need and its only been uphill from there.
If you can’t tell by now, I’m a plantain lover, enthusiast, connoisseur….shall I continue?
I’ve been here for a few years now and its absolutely a must have on my shopping trips which you can find at any high street with Caribbean/African shops.
Nyammin’ Tip – similar to most fruits and vegetables picking the perfect one can take a bit of time and needs patience. The more yellow the plantains, the better and usually the more blemishes the lesser the prices.
For those who’ve never fried plantains – you’re in luck! I’ve got everything you need to get you up to speed with 5 steps below (don’t worry its super easy!).
- Pour 1 inch of oil into your frying pan on medium heat
- Peel the plantains and cut into medium slices
- Place the plantains into the hot oil and continue to turn until golden brown on both sides
- Pat out any excess oil with a paper towel
One time, I think I got a bit too carried away on the hot oil and my plantain actually looked like it was in pain!
Oh and last thing – I’d like to warn you that you may experience an oil pop or 5, but trust me its TOTALLY worth it.
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