Plantain – The tropical potato

Originally from Southeast Asia, the plantain is a basic foodstuff in subtropical and tropical regions like Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, similar to potatoes in Europe.

Depending on the degree of ripeness, the plantain can be eaten raw. However, since its flesh is firmer and less sweet than that of dessert bananas it is often cooked or fried and used as a side dish in savoury dishes. It is rich in ball substances like potassium, iron, vitamin C, beta carotene and vitamin B6 and is an energy supplier with many health benefits.

Due to its very high potassium content, for example, the banana can help regulate the heart rhythm and lower blood pressure. By eating plantains we can strengthen our immune system. Vitamin B6 is very important for our immune system. In the case of inflammations, for example, our body needs a lot of vitamin B6 in order to function properly.

Caution is advised for people with liver or kidney problems. The amount of potassium in a damaged kidney cannot be broken down optimally which can lead to nausea a low pulse or hyperventilation.

I know the preparation of the plantains from my aunt who comes from Colombia and my holidays in the Caribbean. Today I’m giving you the recipe for plantain chips.

Ingredients for 2 people:

2 green plantains

Fat for frying (I mix ghee and olive oil)


  1. 1. Peel banana and cut into pieces
  2. 2. Fry the banana slices in oil on medium heat until they are golden brown on both sides
  3. 3. Let the slices drip off on a paper towel
  4. 4. Season with a little salt

Enjoy the chips warm and tepid.

Enjoy your meal!

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