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(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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Fry the tostones until crisp and golden brown, about 1 minute per side.
In Spain I learned to make fried ripe plantain, I learned to make tostones.
In addition to viewing the fifty or more exhibits scattered across the sprawling festival property, visitors can enjoy musical entertainment and sample typical criollo food such as tostones, pinchos, and bacalaitos.
Some of our best sellers have been the Goya Arroz con Pollo (chicken with rice), Carne Guisada con Arroz (beef stew with rice) and Goya Tostones (friend plantains).
Entre los paseantes, los vendedores van de un lado a otro ofreciendo tostones, ramilletes y bebidas.
Miami's South Beach meets Manhattan's Old Bohemia over Nuevo Latino menus in a sleek 1950s setting without the image of the big bad bearded Cuban plastered on every wall to spoil the taste of the croquetas, tostones and empanaditas.
Asi, por ejemplo, la cofradia del Santo Rosario de Chilon contribuia a la celebracion de 11 fiestas a lo largo del ano, por las que daba cantidades que oscilaban entre 1 toston --en tres de ellas--, 6 tostones --en 7 fiestas-- y 27 tostones que pagaba por celebrar la fiesta del Rosario, advocacion a la que estaba dedicada; es decir, a lo largo del ano esta cofradia tenia que pagar al cura no menos de 72 tostones solo por oficiar los actos liturgicos (vease Cuadro 1).
Havana Roadhouse Foods is America's leading producer of the "Original Havana Roadhouse Famous Cuban Sandwich" along with nine products, including Empanadas, Arepas, Tostones, Maduros, and Corn Bread Sandwiches.
este otro pues [el compro] una pequena tierra irrigada encima de Zamaneb con el apoyo de estos ante de los oradores por la gente, los chinamitales por veinticuatro tostones en verdad ante Dios.
Items target both Latin beverages and foods, such as a coffee machine with two brew speeds to make cafe con leche; an aguas frescas blender, which makes the light, nonalcoholic fruit drink popular in Latin countries by separating the fruit from the pulp; an atole maker, to easily whip up the hot Mexican drink that Garcia called "liquid pudding;" as well as what the company is calling the first electric comal, which can cook and fry tortillas, empanadas, gorditas, tostones and plantain chips.
Sirve los verdeles con las setas y los tostones de boniato.
Mojo chicken with pomegranate slaw on tostones (Chef Aaron Chavarria, Hyatt Regency Sarasota)