Although they may be new to some, Chiquita Plantains have long been a popular fruit in more tropical climates where they're a staple item in many regional and national cuisines.
Chiquita Plantains are available year-round, so if you can't find them at your local grocery store, be sure to ask the produce manager to stock them.
Chiquita Plantains are a tasty substitute for traditional root vegetables such as carrots and turnips.
Green fruit, or fruit that is just turning yellow, is starchy like a sweet potato and is best fried. great for frying.
As the fruit turns yellow, the starch begins to convert to sugar. The slightly sweeter, softer yellow, or yellow-and-black plantain is ideal for use in casseroles, stews and fritters.
Dark brown / black Chiquita Plantains are the sweetest and are great for desserts. At this stage, they can also be simply peeled and eaten as is.
To ripen your plantains more quickly to best suit your favorite recipe, try storing them in a paper bag.
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