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The scene from the streets of Santiago de Cuba. Here the guys are pushing the cart full of plantains. I was wondering how much could this cart weigh. I think that some hundreds kilos.

A plantain, or cooking plantain is one of the less sweet cultivated varieties (cultivars) of the genus Musa whose fruit is also known as the banana.

Plantains contain more starch and less sugar than dessert bananas and are therefore usually cooked or otherwise processed before being eaten. They are always cooked or fried when eaten green. At this stage, the pulp is hard and the peel often so stiff that it has to be cut with a knife to be removed.

Plantains are a staple food in the tropical regions of the world, the tenth most important staple that feeds the world. Plantains are treated in much the same way as potatoes and with a similar neutral flavour and texture when the unripe fruit is cooked by steaming, boiling or frying.

Plantains fruit all year round, which makes the crop a reliable all-season staple food, particularly in developing countries with inadequate food storage, preservation and transportation technologies.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12536 W: 133 N: 32303] (148915)
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