Why Plantains Aren't the Same as Bananas

While bananas and plantains are from the same fruit family, they differ in appearance, flavor, texture, and culinary usage.

Miniature bananas have thinner skin and sweeter, softer flesh than plantains. Bigger plantains have thicker skin and starchier fruit.

Most bananas thrive in humid tropical climates. Bananas and plantains originated in tropical Southeast Asia and were traded to Africa and the Caribbean, where they became staples.

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Cavendish bananas are wonderful raw and in baked dishes, especially desserts. Their creamy texture and natural sweetness make them great in smoothies and fruit salads. Bananas can be sautéed or grilled to caramelize.

Plantains are less sweet than bananas because they have more starch, especially when green. You should sauté, fry, bake, or boil the less soft, slightly rough plantain fruit! Plantains are used in sweets and savory meals like this vegetable-plantain mash in many cultures.

Bananas and plantains are nutritionally comparable. Both provide potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C. These are fiber-rich. Plantains have more starch and bananas more sugar.

Bruising can ruin bananas. It causes spongy portions and speedier ripening, hence banana hard cases are useful.

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