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What is the Maqueño Plantain?

The Plantain Maqueño (Matoki), has an appearance similar to Banana; but much thicker and cylindrical in appearance, it is a fruit, which like the Barraganete Plantain is also consumed cooked, in a green and yellow state. Since it is very sweet when ripe, it is ideally used to make desserts.

Benefits of the Maqueño Plantain

  1. The Maqueño Plantain is a rich source of potassium which improves blood flow to the brain, stimulates intestinal movement and helps stabilize cardiac rhythm.

  2. It contains carbohydrates which are one of the principal sources of nutrients for our body, helping physical output and preventing the excessive accumulation of fat in our bodies.

  3. It contains Vitamin B of folic acid (B9) which is highly recommended when recovering from sports and other physical activities. Helps stabilize functions of the nervous and immune systems. Great for the mothers gestation periods.

  4. It contains soluble fiber which helps decrease high levels of cholesterol in the blood thanks to its sticky nature.

  5. It contains Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant that stimulates collagen and elastin production, decreasing the appearance of wrinkles on our skin. Vitamin Eis also well-known for diminishing the toxins from cigarette smoke in our lungs and protecting the liver from damage caused by alcohol consumption

Maqueño Recipe Ideas:

  • Green Banana Stew

  • Stuffed Green Banana Baskets

  • Green Banana Ball Broth

  • Green Banana Sango with Shrimp

  • Green Mango Salad with Green Banana

  • Ripe Fried Maquefio with Cheese

  • Green Plantain Tortillas

  • Green Plantain Bread

  • Ripe Maquefio Cake

  • Mashed Green Plantain

  • Maquefio Cake

  • Green Banana Empanadas

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