The Gloriously Versatile Plantain

Every starch has its secrets. Here’s what makes plantains so exceptional.

By Yewande Komolafe

Starches — legumes, tubers, grains, to name a few — are a motley bunch. But one thing they share is how they strike a delicate balance between firm and plump, and, well, dried out or mealy when cooked. One starch, though, is sturdy enough to withstand a little overcooking and can be prepared at any stage of ripeness: the gloriously versatile plantain.

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