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deadcarp    Posted 01-21-2005 at 14:40:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
i don't know beans about bananas but heard that plantains are males and the regular sweet ones are females. true?
alright, my shallow banana expertise needs another answer: i take potassium pills to replace salts that are lost by my other pills cuz it's safer for my system than sodium. the pills provide 20 meqs so it's like 2 bananas which would provide 1 meq/inch or 11 meqs each. what's an meq?

screaminghollow    Posted 01-21-2005 at 20:33:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Having lived in Miami and Dc for many years and being exposed/subjected to diversity, I learned that Plaintians are just a type of banana, kind of like the difference between a crap apple and a granny smith. Their are some little red bananas that are much better tasting than the yellow ones. Plantains are very starchy and are fried or cooked as a staple much like many of us cook potatoes in our diet. I read somewhere that there are actually many kinds of banana plants. Plantains, the yellow and the little red ones are only a small fraction of the varieties.

Hawk    Posted 01-21-2005 at 15:12:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Plantain link:

Bob Mi    Posted 01-21-2005 at 16:22:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I learn something everyday on this web !!!!

Hawk    Posted 01-21-2005 at 15:02:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gerrit has it right, same family, different species. they are cooked before eaten in most cases.

4 medium plantains very ripe
1/2 cup dry white wine or light rum
1/4 cup dry sherry
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons butter salted
ground cinnamon to taste
ground nutmeg to taste

Preheat the oven to 350. Arrange the plantains in an ovenproof
casserole, pour the wine, sherry, and sugar over them, and sprinkle with
butter and cinnamon.
Cover the plantains and bake 20 to 25 minutes. Uncover, turn the
plantains over, baste, and bake, uncovered, until golden brown on top,or
another 15 minutes. Serve hot.

Gerrit    Posted 01-21-2005 at 15:09:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here's a better link to plantains.. This site also has recipies!

I love the tostones - we eat them a lot as a side dish..

Bob Mi    Posted 01-21-2005 at 14:58:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
What are you guys talking about???Male and femail Bannas Never heard of plantains

Gerrit    Posted 01-21-2005 at 15:01:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Plantains are fruits. The look like bananas but are bigger..

Here's a link:

Gerrit    Posted 01-21-2005 at 15:04:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oops! I was too fast... The link is for a herb which is also called plantain...

I'll search some more..

Peanut    Posted 01-21-2005 at 14:52:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can't help with the measurements but ...

Are you sure we need to get into a:

"plantains are males" and "regular sweet ones are females" conversation? This one can't have a positive outcome for the male banana :^(

a positive outcome ..    Posted 01-21-2005 at 16:06:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
..indeed. heheh

Have you had 'tostones'?, I believe deadcarp likes them can also make some great appetizers with plantains to wash down a pop.
These are ways to cook a Platano in its early stage[?] before it begins to sweeten. You can also cook the green banana in a similar way, and it's so delicious! You can subtitue potatoes for plantains, or green bannanas in your recipes.

So how's that as a 'positive outcome' for the platano? :-)


Thanks Patria    Posted 01-21-2005 at 16:32:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good reply. Thanks.

- Peanut

Gerrit    Posted 01-21-2005 at 14:50:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
As far as I know/learned since I live here plantains are a different fruit from the same family as the bananas..

A meq is a milli-equivalent.
Here's a definition:

one thousandths of an equivalent: An equivalent is the amount of a substance (mg or mM) that can enter into a reaction with one mole of hydrogen ions, or replace one mole of H+ in the reaction (gram molecular weight/valence).

Hope this helps..

deadcarp    Posted 01-21-2005 at 15:32:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
so i need 20/1000 of enough to enter into a reaction with one mole of hydrogen ions? wow let's hope thse ionic hydrogen moles don't like this weather. if i wake up screaming, you'll know what's burrowing under my whutnot shelf! ewwwwwww! thing's got me by the protuberance! lick utt awf! (well, it might work:) lol

Gerrit    Posted 01-21-2005 at 15:35:28       [Reply]  [No Email]

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