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Difference Between a Banana and Plantain and Their Trees

Typical plantain
Typical plantain
Many people wonder the difference between bananas and plantains, the fruits. Others are curious about the difference in the trees. The truth is, it is much easier to explain the fruits, than the trees, in words.

Difference between the fruits

Precisely, in many cultures the main difference between a banana and a plantain is that you have to cook a banana plantain before you can eat it, while you can eat a fresh ripe banana anytime without having to cook it. In some West African grocery markets, plantains are typically bigger than bananas. Ripe bananas usually taste sweeter than ripe plantains.

Typical banana
Typical banana
Having thicker skin, plantains are more starchy than bananas, and may be used in cooking at any ripeness stage. This is in contrast to bananas, which are mostly usable when they are completely ripe.

Difference between the trees

It can be really challenging to describe just in words the difference between banana trees and plantain trees, but it is possible. There is no visible distinction between the two, unless each tree has fruits in ripening stage.

Typical banana tree
Typical banana tree
So, you can only know it is a banana tree when it has a bunch of bananas on it. The same goes for plantain trees.
Typical plantain tree
Typical plantain tree


Photo credit: Shiv, robin_24, John Asselin, and Rich Young.

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Boiled Eggs Go With Bread


Have you ever tried eating some boiled eggs with a slice of bread? If not, then you’re missing good stuff!
During the holiday weekend in March I was offered some boiled chicken eggs — at first I resisted, but later when I figured I wanted some, it was too late; the eggs had been finished up.

The recipe and preparation

I had to boil some fresh eggs by myself. It took less than ten minutes to get the water boiling before I put five fresh eggs from my freezer into the boiling water. I made sure the water was enough it was almost covering the eggs. After fifteen minutes the eggs were done. I unshelled the eggs and decided to only have one for the day. This was when I remembered my bread and was thrilled to try it out with a boiled egg — and you guessed it correctly, this was very delicious! So I highly recommend this to those with adventurous palettes!

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Hot Cross Buns With Fruit

Wow! First of all, you’re about to see a lot of “first” in here. This is indeed my first time to ever try out this dessert! First time to see it too. I first heard about it in a song — um, a nursery rhyme when I was little.hot-cross-buns-with-fruit-1

hot-cross-buns-with-fruit-2 And now I have actually seen and tasted one, yum! I suggest you try it out. This one is from Fresh Bakery, and has some fruit in it. I took the pics by myself after eating almost three servings! (Click the pics to zoom.) I’m not a calorie-dietary fanatic but I checked the amount of calories this had and it was a hundred and sixty. Not bad since it’s my first time eating it! Try offering it to your friends or neighbors during the weekend and see what superstar you’ve made yourself to be! Food-choice superstar, for that matter.

Here’s the song that started it all for me:
Hot cross buns,
Hot cross buns,
one a penny,
two a penny,
hot cross buns.
give them to your daughters,
give them to your sons,
one a penny,
two a penny,
Hot Cross Buns