In english a banana and a plantain are different things. Does this distinction not exist in Spanish, since platano seems to mean both?
I think all plantains are bananas, but not all bananas are plantains.
In my area (middle Florida) both Spanish and English speakers call platanos "platanos" and bananas "bananas" and yes they are different.
I must have learned Mexican Spanish (of course I did, I lived in Southern California), as I've never heard the word "plátano" before. I learned "una banana".
"Plantains" are cooking bananas, generally a bit greener and starchier than regular eating bananas. As Duo has now taught us three words for banana (banana, banano, plátano), I figure a little clarification is in order.
No, plantains and bananas are different. Here in Kissimmee, Florida you can buy either or both. Both can be eaten green or ripe.
we do not always call our mothers Mom. Need some latitude here. Mama, or Ma, and Mommy are all in use.
My husband from Mexico says thay his family only uses plátanos. They looked at me like i was crazy when i said bananas. So it could be regional.
Probably. My husband from Honduras uses bananas for the bananas that we call bananas both ripe yellow ones and the green unripe ones that he likes boiled or sliced and fried (tejadas). He uses the word plátanos for the large sweet ones that you fry.
I have never heard anyone in the Caribbean (in Spanish, English, or French) confuse a plantain with a banana. Two very different fruits occupying two very different roles in local cuisines.
Guineo anyone? Another word for banana commonly used in my family and friends.
"So you see a bunch of what looks like bananas, but they’re bigger, bright green, and thick-skinned. If you’ve ever raised an eyebrow at this shady looking banana imposter in your market or grocery, your suspicions are correct. These aren’t bananas, they’re plantains.
Plantains are members of the banana family, but they are starchier and lower in sugar, which means that when they are ripe, they will still be green in color. If you get them when they are overripe, they may have started to turn yellow or black. While a banana makes a great, raw on-the-go-snack, plantains aren’t usually eaten raw because of the high starch content.
Native to India and the Caribbean, plantains serve an important role in many traditional diets.When used in cooking they are treated more like vegetables than fruit. You’re most likely to encounter them at your favorite Latin, African, or Caribean restaurant baked, roasted or fried up in the form of a delicious savory side."