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Musa paradisiaca

French: plantain

Also: cooking banana, green banana or flour banana
Peru: Pig-banana


Often grown in gardens with tubers (sweet potatoes, yams, etc.), this is a "vegetable" banana, the end of which is shaped more or less like a bottleneck, with a texture that remains very firm until ripe.

The most spectacular variety is the Three Hand Planty which produces a single hand of about 10 fingers, each about 40 cm long.

Family: Musaceae

Origin: West Indies, Africa

Differences from bananas

  • longer, usually 30 to 40 cm
  • thicker green or slightly pink skin
  • firmer flesh
  • and most importantly, inedible when raw


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