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How to Peel a Plantain

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Choose a Plantain
Choose a ripe plantain

Green Plantain

© 2006 Hector Rodriguez
Plantains can be eaten in all stages of ripeness. Green plantains, and sometimes yellow, can be difficult and tricky to peel. The technique shown here can be used for both.

Before you begin peeling a plantain, bring it to room temperature. If you've store your plantains in the refrigerator, the cold temperature can make it twice as hard to peel. One trick I use is to soak the plantains in hot tap water for a few minutes to warm them up.

You will need a cutting board and sharp paring knife to begin.

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