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Old 02-16-2007, 12:06 PM   #11
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No I don't have it backwards
bananas that we normally call "bananas" are dessert bananas (they are sweeter)
plantain are cooking bananas (they are generally used in cooking)
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you can also use the terms "dessert plantain" or "cooking plantain" if you want but it is the same thing they are all the genus musa

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Old 02-16-2007, 12:23 PM   #12
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My bad. You're right, I'm wrong. Thanks for setting the record straight.

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Old 03-03-2007, 09:18 PM   #13
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I have to laugh. I haven't visited this line in a while, and my answer would have been "bananas that are a vegetable rather than a fruit"! Everything I've read has confirmed it.
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Old 03-20-2007, 10:38 PM   #14
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One of my favorite plaintain dishes from when I lived in Mexico was when they would fry a plaintain til it was soft and could be mushed. They would cut up chunks of cheese, usually mozzerella and 1" cube, and mold the soft plaintain around the cheese and fry them again. It was wonderful.
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Old 03-21-2007, 02:29 PM   #15
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Sunday night I made duck tostadas with a fruit salsa - as a little goodie I made tostones - fried them in duck fat - OMG!!! They were sooooo good!

I'm just lookin' for my "cheese"!
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Old 03-21-2007, 07:39 PM   #16
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Katie nailed it... think of them as a starch like potatoes or yuka. In other words some incidental sweetness will occur from caramelization but otherwise it is similar to cooking with potatoes.

My english, she's not so good... I meant to say I did it with the malice of forethought.
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