Plantains and Bananas are both members of the Musaceae family, which makes them closely related. In fact, plantains are considered a type of banana, with a few key differences. Plantains are starchier and lower in sugar than bananas. They also have thicker skin, making them harder and less sweet than regular bananas. Plantains are usually eaten cooked or fried, while bananas are typically eaten raw. Plantains are larger than bananas, with a longer, slightly curved shape. The flavor of plantains are similar to potatoes, while bananas have a sweeter taste.
When selecting plantains, look for fruits that are firm and have a green-yellow color. Avoid plantains that are overly ripe, as they will be too soft and sweet. Bananas, on the other hand, are best when they are ripe and have a yellow-brown color. Selecting a banana that is still green means it will not be sweet enough to eat and should be left to ripen. Both plantains and bananas are a healthy and delicious addition to any diet.