April 28, 2009 7:04 AM Subscribe
I want to grow my own plantain bush/palm/plant. In central Pennsylvania. Can I make it work? Have you made it work? Have you grown any kind of banana plant in a similar climate? If so: where would I get plantain rhizomes? The internet thinks I want Chinese herbs, when really I want a root to stick in the ground and grow. What else would I need to know (besides bringing the plant indoors in the winter)? A few more plantain questions after the jump.
posted by billysumday to Home & Garden (4 answers total)
1) What kind of a large pot is going to be the best? I'm assuming as large as possible but still small enough to be able to move inside in the winter.
2) I'm assuming the seeds from the plantains I buy at the store aren't viable and won't work. Should I give it a shot anyway?
3) Cooking plantains - my favorite style of plantains is maduro, not tostones. I can cook them to my liking but I'm wondering, how do Cuban restaurants get plantains so that they are still wet/juicy when they're served? Do they steam them or something? When I fry them, they are sweet and a little bit soft, but they don't sweat moisture like they do at some restaurants I've been to.
Any anecdotes or online resources you can point me to would be helpful.
Thanks so much.