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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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In Spain I learned to make fried ripe plantain, I learned to make tostones.
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)
El arroz con pollo, las habichuelas coloradas, la ensalada de aguacate, las aceitunas regorditas, los tostones, el dulce de guayaba con quesito blanco, y el cafe prieto unian sus perfumes en una sintonia (5) nostalgica de la patria ausente [.
Por dinero no te pares Hay mas pesos que tostones Yo te compro otros lentes Y otro par de tus calzones.
The heaping piles of chicken and beef skewers, arepas (dense, corn-based pancakes of Andean origin), tostones (fried plantains popular in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Cuba), and empanadas (half-moon-shaped, meat-stuffed pastries commonly eaten in a number of Latin American countries) that vendors put out for sale quickly disappeared as the lunch and dinner hours struck.
Tostones con Masitas de Puerco (golden green plantains with morsels of pork and mojo sauce), Jicaritas de Platano Rellenas de Camarones y Mani (golden-fried plantain gourds filled with spicy shrimp in peanut coconut sauce) or even a Sandwich Cubano (Virginia ham, smoked pork loin, swiss cheese and pickles on toasted French bread).