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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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To make the tostones, set a medium skillet over medium heat.
I don't know if you saw the article from maybe three or four months ago, which appeared in the travel supplement of The Guardian, (6) about Cuban food, and the journalist said: "Well, Cubans do not have a culinary tradition." I wrote [back] in fact, they never published the letter, but I don't know; people have a very strange idea of what Cuban food is and I think that we are to blame too, because we are constantly reinforcing the idea that [Cuban food] is congri [rice and black beans], pork, tostones, salads, and it is varied.
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.
Porque aunque la plata que el da por tostones y reales este quintada, esto no es contra lo que dezimos, porque el cuno del quinto no dice que aquella plata que se acuna es fina, pues vemos quintar plata que tiene los quilates de la ley, y tambien plata que no los tiene, sino lo que significa aquel cuno no es mas de decir que ya no debe derechos al Rey, pues quando se quinta, alli se pagan.