Tall plant (Musa paradisiaca) of the banana family that is closely related to the common banana (M. sapientum). Believed to have originated in Southeast Asia, the plantain grows 10–33 ft (3–10 m) tall and has a conical false “trunk” formed by the leaf sheaths of its spirally arranged, long, thin leaves. The green-coloured fruit is larger than that of the banana and contains more starch. Because the starch is maximal before the fruit ripens, the fruit is not eaten raw but is boiled or fried, often with coconut juice or sugar as flavouring. It may also be dried for later use in cooking or ground for use as meal, which can be further refined to a flour. The plantain is a staple food and beer-making crop for East African peoples and is also eaten in the Caribbean and Latin America.
( see also HAWAIIAN PLANTAIN ) A herbaceous plant of the tropics, the plantain ( Musa × paradisiaca ) is a fruit similar to the banana...
1. Introduction Bananas and plantains (Musa spp.) are the world's fourth most important food crop after rice, wheat, and maize in terms of gross
Bananas represent one of the most important fruit crops, second only to grapes in the volume of world production (Purseglove 1988). J. F. Morton...