Plantains: Plantains are a starchy, less-sweet relative of the banana. They are typically sold underripe, with yellow skin, but are most often used ripe—when the skin is almost completely black. Underripe plantains are used in some savory dishes. If your recipe calls for ripe plantains, plan ahead and buy underripe plantains about one week in advance and ripen on the counter.

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