Plantains are part of the banana family of fruits, plantains are mostly eaten cooked or fried. They are a major food staple in the West Indies (Caribbean islands), West and Central Africa and Central America. Plantains can be grown all year round thereby making them an all season staple food. A plantain has about 220 calories and is a great source of potassium.
A Plantain has 32% carbohydrates with 2% dietary fiber and 15% sugars, 1% protein, 0.4% fat, and 65% water. It supplies 122 calories in a 100 gram table serving. Raw plantain is an excellent source of vitamin B6 (23% daily value (DV)), vitamin C (22% DV), and 10-19% DV of magnesium and potassium.