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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:53 pm 
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how do you ripen plantains?

i bought 2 green plantains to make the caribbean curry from AFR.
ive made it a bunch of times and never had an issue. i cant remember if i ever bought green plantains or always yellow plantains.

they only had green ones at the store last week so i bought 2 and figured id leave them out and they would ripen.

a week later they were half green half black and almost impossible to peel.
one the actual fruit part part brown.

it's like it was going from unripe to rotten.

any ideas what happened with my plantains?

every other time ive bought them and left them out to ripen they went to yellow then black and were soft and a tad sweet when steamed. when i steamed what i could get out of the peel it was just bland starch.

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 Post subject: Re: plantain fail
PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:02 pm 
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there are so many different kinds of plantains. not sure if you always get the same or what. i've had ones that will turn colors, and ones that will just stay green til they rot.
the green ones are pretty much impossible to peel if they're unripe [not sweet, more like a potato]. you have to cut off the skin, you can't peel it like a banana. i just recently bought a type of plantain here that i thought was a yellow one but was so sweet i couldn't use it for the application i wanted to.

i don't know too much about plantains because brazilians don't usually use them that much [not where i live, anyway], but i do know that when normal bananas are exposed to cold they also don't ripen right. we sometimes see a freak frost and the whole harvest gets lost.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:31 pm 
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Certain types of preservatives sometimes cause fruit not to ripen properly, that might be the problem.


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 Post subject: Re: plantain fail
PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:37 pm 
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torque wrote:
there are so many different kinds of plantains. not sure if you always get the same or what. i've had ones that will turn colors, and ones that will just stay green til they rot.
the green ones are pretty much impossible to peel if they're unripe [not sweet, more like a potato]. you have to cut off the skin, you can't peel it like a banana.


this sounds like exactly what happened.

we pretty much have to buy whatever plantains they have at the store that day so maybe it was a different variety than normal.

i had to slice the peel off some parts because i was having such a hard time peeling them and after my fingers and nails were left with black all other them that actually looked like ashes or soot.

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