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 Though related to the banana, and very similar in appearance, this Latin American fruit is more often used like a vegetable -  deep fried, boiled, or cooked in soups or curries. Because they are much starchier than bananas, to consume them raw they must be left to turn completely black. The fruit takes days to ripen, and does not spoil quickly.

If you want to speed up ripening, the same paper bag trick that works for bananas will work for these guys ((put them in a paper bag, ideally with an apple or some other piece of fruit, and leave them out at room temperature). They don't ripen quite as nicely, and often develop black patches before turning fully yellow. The darker a plantain, the sweeter it will be. Once they've reached their ideal ripeness, they can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week before using. They will not continue to ripen in the fridge.

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