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Nov 7, 2006 03:35 PM

Why do I despise bananas, but *love* plantains??

I was having this discussion with some friends and found that I'm not the only one. There were at least 3 others that felt exactly the same as me.

I understand that plantains have a higher starch content than bananas, and the flavor is certainly similar...but why would one evoke such strong emotions one way vs. the other? Is there a certain flavor component that one possesses and the other lacks?

Just wondering. Would love to hear your thoughts.


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  1. I love both but eating a too ripe banana makes me gag. It's just too much. I like my naners when they are still green on the ends and don't have any of those brown spots. Plantains on the other hand have to be black before I will even consider frying them. (try fried plantains with eggs and rice and tomatoes.)

    1. Agreed. Very ripe bananas have a much stronger taste than slightly ripe very firm ones. Banana bread/cake is even more unappealing to me becaues of that strong banana taste ... yet ... when bananas are used to sweeten a juice drink or a pudding type mixture, the taste is pleasant to me. Guess the other ingredients moderate the banana flavor. Definitely a personal thing. My guess is that each person's taste buds are reacting differently to the chemicals in the banana, and perhaps digestive enzymes and other physiological phenomena come into play on a personal level.

      (Just out of curiosity, I wonder if chimpanzees can tell the difference between a plantain and a banana by sight or smell, and go for one over the other!)

      1. i love plantains fried ripe or green. i love them every way in between. but i do not love bananas, neither green nor ripe nor fried with tripe. i do not like bananas any which way i see.

        i like banana bread though, and fruit shakes made with them, they're just not meant to be eaten by themselves if you're over the age of 4.

        1. I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but I am allergic to bananas but not plantains.

          1. I like plantains because I eat them with savory, especially spicy, foods. Bananas are usually eaten by themselves or in something sweet.

            My personal dislike of bananas originates in a childhood episode in which I ate 11 bananas one boring afternoon. I had such bad stomach cramps I was rushed to the doctor who said I had appendicitis. Of course I kept my mouth shut about the banana orgy, but ever since then the taste makes me queasy.