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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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In Latin America, twice-fried green plantains are called "tostones." Fried ripe, sweet plantains are called "maduros." Plantains at the semi-ripe stage can be boiled and mashed like potatoes.
To make the tostones, set a medium skillet over medium heat.
They talked about rice, black beans (soup), pork, yuca con mojo (boiled cassava with a garlic dressing), tostones or tachinos (fried mashed plantain chunks).
As part of my invitation, the university chef prepared a delectable Caribbean meal, with pernil (fresh ham), rice and black beans, tostones, quesadillas, which are not from the Caribbean, and an assortment of desserts that included flan.
Meanwhile, Sedano's last year developed its own line of private label frozen products, offering such items as tostones (fried green plantains) in an expanded section as more Latino shoppers opt for the greater convenience of pre-sliced and/or -cooked items.
He trusted me 'cause he knew I was half Cuban, he said, and he'd known a mulatto in North Carolina who made killer tostones. He didn't have anything against Mexicans either and that was good since the whole team, including my other half, was all Beans.
[...] Para los neoclasicos, una cosa eran los prodigios de los heroes clasicos y otra los representados en las comedias de magia, criticados asi del censor Diez Gonzalez: <<fastidian muchisimo a las personas de buen gusto aquellos Comediones llenos de tramoyas, y ridiculos prodigios que suelen representarse en todos los teatros nuestros y extranjeros, deleitando unicamente a los que comen naranjas, nueces y tostones en el teatro, esto es, al populacho>>.
TostoneraAlso known as a plantain press, they are used to create the classic Latin side dish known as tostones. They can vary in size and be made of wood, plastic or metal.