I like mine ripe and raw. People I know always look at me with odd questioning stares when I do. They're like "but you have to cook them first!" I just tell them I don't like regular bananas because they smell a little like saliva. I can't describe it well but I find it quite repulsive. Plantains, to me, taste sweet just like a banana minus the salivary smell.
I find ripe bananas smell and taste like nail polish remover! LOL! Serious! I like them okay until the first brown spots start showing...then it's over! Yuk! But plantains are another story! Cooked when green they are great, but once yellow and beyond they can be eaten just the same as any banana, but without the acetone aroma and flavor! The texture is a bit firmer and not as mushy, which I also like better! I always get them really cheap at stores because nobody wants them ripe it seems, besides me! Awesome! (Maybe I should shut up?) I'm with you Sage, ripe and raw is the way to go!
A banana !<br />
LOL UC! THANK YOU!
Like an uppity banana.
Underconstruction is spot on. Allow me if I may, just to be sure that he was understood, to add that plantains green, or black-ripe (the darker, the sweeter), must be cooked to become palatable, unlike conventional bananas which are usually eaten raw but may be cooked.<br />
I agree that the flavor is difficult to describe but the green ones seem to me to have a flavor similar to what a cross between a banana and a potato chip may taste like. To try and describe sweet or ripe plantain is, in my view, even more difficult. Imagine trying to describe the taste of a ripe mango.<br />
i don't knowhow to explain it, nor do i know what they taste like raw but if u smash them down (while green still) and fry them, take em out for a min and fry the again they are fantastic!!!! My fiance's mom is costa rican and she showed me how to do it...granted i eat mine w/ ketchup i don't think ur supposed to. they are very good w/ a mango sauce dip. i guess like fried banana consistency but they don't taste like banana more like ...i dunno..it's got its own taste..but its good
I never tried one but it would not surprise me if it tasted like chicken.
It tastes exactly like a banana.