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Apr 15, 2007 10:17 PM


I heard that plantains are toxic unless you cook them. Is this true?? I personally dont know why you would want to eat a plantain raw, they are too starchy. Feedback please!

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  1. Nope, Plantains have nothing toxic in them.

    The person who told you that may have got them confused with cassava/manioc root which needs processing and cooking to remove a cyanide like substance.

    1. I hope not.... eating some right now.....

      1. Maybe you are confusing with cassava? Uncooked, they have potentially toxic concentrations of cyanogenic glucosides.

        1. I also understand that plantains are reallyt inedible without cooking (wouldn't eat a raw potato either).

          But, interestingly, they have really different characteristics depending on whether you cook them fairly green (potato-like) or so black/ripe you might be tempted to throw them away (sweet, a delicious dessert, esp. topped with sour cream).

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            1. re: wayne keyser

              I'm known to nibble the ends of ripe plantains while prepping for fried platanos maduro.