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Stela
Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 10:31pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Hi. I'm Brazilian, and my English isn't very good. Sorry, please.
Well, I was reading the "TYPEBASE 4-TypeBase Food Values" and in the 'fruit group' I see the PLANTAIN, SCIENTIFIC NAME: PLANTAGO LANCEOLATA, whose the figure is a kind of banana, but I know it (Plantago Lanceolata) like a herb used to make an antiinflammatory tea.
Can you clarify it to me?
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This is a confusing part of English. The same word can mean different things.

Plantain can refer to a starchy fruit that often fried. Not generally eaten raw. Related to Bananas.  The rating refers to this plant. Species should be Musa  paradisiaca  Not the species given.

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The plantain, a very large, firm variety, is also referred to as a "cooking banana" and is extremely popular in Latin American countries. It has a mild, almost squashlike flavor and is used very much as a potato would be in the United States.





Plantain in English can also refer to a smaller green plant(Plantago Lanceolata). Often in the US the Plantago Lanceolata is considered to be a weed, but it is edible. This plant is unrated and considered to be neutral for all types.  This not what is rated in the typebase!  (Despite of what it says on the page).


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Looks like in Portuguese plantains are considered to be bananas. So the rating for bananas that are not sweet.  They are not eaten raw but get cooked in a variety of ways (Tostones, patacones ...). They are quite starchy like potatoes.


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The plantain in the typebase "fruit group"  looks very much like a mini banana. The plantain "herb" and green plant and is completely different.  


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here Wikipedia with Plantain and a picture:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantain_%28true%29

The blacker the skin, the sweeter it is to eat.




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The plantain in the typebase "fruit group"  looks very much like a mini banana. The plantain "herb" and green plant and is completely different.  


Not really mini. They can be larger than Cavendish bananas (95% of bananas sold in the US are this variety).


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Thank you for answers.
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There is a weed called Plantain majora that has nothing to do with plantain the banana-looking thing.

I have been reading that it is quite healthy and would like some information on how people use it.

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