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The plantain comes from Indonesia and Australia

Plantains should be cooked before eating.

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Latin Name: Musa spp.

Other Names: Platano. There is also an unrelated family of herbs/weeds (Plantago) that are called plantains.

Type: Herb

Native to: Indo-Malaysian - Australia

Fruit: The plantain is the largest banana, at up to 12" long. They also have thicker skins which will turn brown/black when ripe.


Hardiness: Zones 9-10

Propagation: Pups (suckers/ plant offshoots)

Uses:: The plantain is much starchier than the standard banana and is used in cooking, often as a vegetable.
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