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Mar 23, 2008 10:10 PM

Source for ripe (black) plantains in Austin?

Hi all,

I am looking for a source of already ripened plantains, either entirely black or close to black. Most of the ones I find around are green or just past green, starting to turn yellow, and they ripen so slowly. Does anybody know of a shop that regularly has ripe plantains? Thanks for your help.


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  1. I've found some really spotty ones at Central Market. When I've gotten them, they've turned black within just a couple of days.

    1. Fiesta usually has them at both ends of the spectrum. Sometimes I see them at my HEB (E Riverside) but I'm sure that varies by location.

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      1. re: renz

        Yeah, renz, the ones at my HEB (Oltorf and Congress) always seem to be mostly green. I also usually find mostly green ones at the south Fiesta, too, but I go there rather infrequently, so I'll check again. Thanks.

        1. re: angusb

          I don't remember the plantains at all from my one trip to the south location, but I know I bought them at the UT location a few times and they were mostly black.

          1. re: renz

            I haven't been to the north Fiesta for a while, so I'll drop by there and compare the offerings. I go to the south one because it's much closer, and I guess I just assumed they'd carry a pretty much identical selection.

            1. re: angusb

              Just checked the south Fiesta with no luck...most of the plantains were green or about 1/4 ripe. I'll check the north one this weekend.

              1. re: angusb

                I was at the north Fiesta yesterday but forgot to check, sorry. I did notice some really spotty ones at the E Riverside HEB today. Most were green, but they had at least half a dozen that were quite well on their way.

                1. re: renz

                  I did go to Fiesta north today, and they had just what I was looking for. They have three sections of plantains, divided into green, yellow, and yellow/black. In the yellow/black section, there's a wide variety of ripeness, but I managed to dig through and put together a bag full of plantains that were about 75% black. There were definitely none nearly this ripe at the south Fiesta. Thanks for the suggestion.

      2. I would think Central Market has it