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Related to Plaintain: Plantago major


(1) A perennial herb, the seeds of which contain alkaloids, glycosides, mucilage, silica and tannins. Plantains are anti-hypertensive, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and expectorant.

Chinese medicine
Plantain is used for dysuria, ocular pain, urinary tract infections, poor vision and problems of childbirth.

Herbal medicine
Western herbal medicine, plantains are used internally as bulk laxatives, for bronchitis, cystitis, diarrhoea, fungal infections, haemorrhoids, hepatitis, neuralgias and urinary tract infections, and topically for cuts, stings, bites, tumours and varicose veins. 
(2) Psyllium, see there; Plantago psyllium.


n Latin names:
Plantago lanceolata, Plantago major, Plantago ovata, Plantago psyllium; parts used: husks, leaves, seeds; uses: bulking laxative, cough, urinary conditions, diarrhea, antiinflammatory; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children, carbamazepine, cardiac medications, lithium. Also called
blond plantago, broadleaf plantain, buckhorn, cart tract plant, common plantain, English plantain, flea seed, French psyllium, greater plantain, Indian plantago, lanten, narrowleaf plantago seed, plantain seed, ribwort, ripple grass, snakeweed, Spanish psyllium, tract plant, way-bread, white man's foot, wild plantain, or
wild saso. Please note that this is not the same plantain as the starchy type of banana of the same name. See also psyllium, blonde and psyllium.


two plant species are called by this common name. See plantagovaria.
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It is not by coincidence that you find a field covered with a golden carpet of Coltsfoot or a meadow dotted profusely with clumps of Plaintain.
When your plaintains are mostly brown, remove the peel by cutting through the peel lengthwise in a few places.
Effect of processing on the nutritional value: Roots, tubers, plaintains and banana in human nutrition FAO, United Nations, 1990; 76-78.
They are usually served with huge bowls of vegetables but instead of carrots, potatoes and greens, expect sweet potatoes, plaintains, cassava, pigeon peas and spinach-like callaloo.
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chopped finely 1 pc Small onion, finely sliced 2 pcs Chillis, flesh, sliced (optional) 2 tsp Dried shrimp, soak iii 2 tsp hot water 1/2 c Sili leaves Salt and pepper, to taste DIRECTIONS Peel the bananas or plaintains, cut them in half cross ways, and then in slices or quarters lengthwise ltd whatever size you wish).
It will process more than 10 million plaintains a month and will employ 400 people, supplying nutritional meals to 1.
On rented or informally occupied land, they grow cassava, sweet potatoes, coco yams, plaintains, maize, and beans.
You might also eat fish, goat, fried plaintains, yams, fufu (dumplings made from cassava root), and wash it all down with ginger drink.
Fifty years ago, fresh pineapples were rare in mainstream supermarkets; 25 years ago, mangos and papayas were uncommon; today, these fruits are regular offerings, along with starfruit, jicama, and plaintains.
Jumbo mangoes for 88 cents apiece and plaintains (tropical bananas) for 69 cents each were displayed at the entrance to the department, immediately introducing customers to different kinds of produce.