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plantain

(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.
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I read somewhere that cooking beans and ripe plantain together is dangerous.
Unlike bananas, plantains are quite tricky to peel, so here are a few tips.
'I've met up with the boys selling plantain at VGC bus stop and gotten some info,' said Olodo.
Turn the plantains over, spoon some of the delicious buttery syrup over the top, and continue baking, uncovered, for about 15 minutes.
While fried plantains are a traditional treat in different parts of the world, this starchy and unsweet variety of banana can be made in many other ways.
Raw plantains used for asparagine determination and to explain acrylamide formation were occasionally bought from a supermarket in Napoli (Italy).
Plantains and other cooking bananas, are the staple foods produced in the tropics, are an important source of carbohydrates for the people of Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific.
Although popular recipes and cooking techniques in Latin America vary depending on the region, many dishes highlight local vegetables, such as tamales, yuca frita, plantanos (fried sweet plantains), and salsa, which are staples in many countries.
And so, when she spied the much larger lime green banana-looking plantains sitting on the counter this week, she couldn't understand why I wasn't breaking one open for her.
Open the saucepan with the blended peppers, add the dice plantains, cook on medium low heat for 7 minutes.
Spiced plantain fritters Serves 2 3 plantains 1 cup gram flour 1/2 tsp cumin seeds 1/2 tsp garam masala 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 1 tsp garlic, minced 1 green chilli, minced (optional) 3/4 cup vegetable stock 1/4 Handful fresh coriander 1/4 tsp bicarbonate soda Salt to taste Cooking oil for frying Method In a large mixing bowl, put in the gram flour, cumin seeds, pepper, garam masala, bicarbonate of soda and garlic.
Plantains (Plantago L.) are widely distributed herbs and shrubs from the asterid family Plantaginaeae.