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Plantain, a major group of banana varieties (genus Musa) that are staple foods in many tropical areas. The edible fruit of plantain bananas has more starch than the common dessert banana and is not eaten raw.

Because plantains have the most starch before they ripen, they are usually cooked green, either boiled or fried, in savory dishes. The ripe fruits are mildly sweet and are often cooked with coconut juice or sugar as flavoring.

Plantains may also be dried for later use in cooking or ground for use as a meal, which can be further refined to a flour.Plantains are usually ready for harvest anywhere from 14 to 20 months depending on the climate and other factors.

Flowering usually happens within 10-15 months, while an additional 4-8 months is needed for fruit it develop and ripen.


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