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(plăn`tĭn), any plant of the genus Plantago, chiefly annual or perennial weeds of wide distribution. Many species are lawn pests and the pollen is often a hay fever irritant. P. psyllium, called psyllium, or fleawort, is cultivated in Spain and France for its mucilaginous seed-coatings, exported under the name psyllium seed for use as a laxative. In the United States wild plantains are occasionally utilized locally for forage. The name plantain is also used for a starchy form of the bananabanana,
name for several species of the genus Musa and for the fruits these produce. The banana plant—one of the largest herbaceous plants—is native to tropical Asia but now cultivated throughout the tropics.
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; the water plantain, Alisma plantago-aquatica, is another unrelated species. Plantains are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Plantaginales, family Plantaginaceae.
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(not the same as banana “plantain”) A very common green leafy weed found worldwide, that’s popular as a healer of wounds and injuries, body purifier, congestion aid, and neutralizer of poison and toxic elements. Widely used for skin diseases, constipation, digestion, prostate, urinary, respiratory, fevers, infections, hay fever, It protects mucus membranes from inflammation and calms down muscle contractions in conditions like asthma, colic, stomach aches. Tannins in plantain are astringent (a substance that brings tissues closer), making it useful for tuberculosis, stomach ulcers and bowel hemorrhaging, blood vomiting, diarrhea, colitis, colon inflammation, hemorrhoids, excessive menstrual bleeding. Helps clear stomach and bowel infections, peptic ulcers, diarrhea, dysentery, irritable bowel syndrome as well as urinary infections, cystitis, prostate and infection of the urethra. Leaf tea used for sore throats. Tea good for dilating bronchials, therefore good for bronchitis, asthma, difficulty breathing. Used to help eyes, heart conditions, cholesterol and lower blood pressure. (Do not take if prone to clots or on blood thinners.) Contains all 18 amino acids. Used as a pain relieving antiinflammatory, and lymph tonic. Amazing plant and it’s probably growing on your property RIGHT NOW ! Its free !!! Plantain has 5 veins running through leaf and the leaves grow in a pattern cluster of 5 leaves. For an insect or bee sting, take a plantain leaf, chew it in your mouth, then apply the green mush to the sting. It neutralizes the toxin and helps pull it out. Dry the leaves and powder them, store in mason jars and use all year round in soups, smoothies or stir fry. Excellent for the body. Plantain is a strong coagulant. It was used during the Civil War to stop bleeding in the field. Do not consume plantain if taking blood thinners or prone to blood clots. The coagulation properties makes it a good tea to douche with to stop heavy menstrual flow or uterine bleeding, plus in an enema for bowel bleeding. PLANTAIN SEED STEMS- the green stems that grow out from the center have edible seeds. Wait till the seeds turn brown, then strip them off to use as a source of psyllium seed husks for bowel regularity, clearing constipation and prostate issues. They have a wonderful binding quality, very soothing to the digestive system and bowels. Pick hundreds of stems and strip the seeds off while sitting at night watching TV. Let them dry and fill a mason jar with them. You can use these all winter long by adding to soups, salads, stir fry. Excellent source of vitamins, minerals and year round nutrition.

plantain

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any of various N temperate plants of the genus Plantago, esp P. major (great plantain), which has a rosette of broad leaves and a slender spike of small greenish flowers: family Plantaginaceae

plantain

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1. a large tropical musaceous plant, Musa paradisiaca
2. the green-skinned banana-like fruit of this plant, eaten as a staple food in many tropical regions
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As I mentioned above plantains can be hard to find, so I bulk buy, slice and cook them, then freeze -- all ready for that next Caribbean curry night.
Take three ripe plantains, peel, and cut in half, lengthwise making four pieces from each fruit.
The plantains were selected, washed, peeled and sliced (3 mm thick).
into a slaw, or julienne for sushi rolls Plantains Botanically Bake, pan-fry, Vitamins A, C classified as or grill; season and B6; fiber a fruit, with spices for magnesium, and plantains are a savory side potassium a starchy banana, dish or sprinkle often eaten as with cinnamon for a vegetable dessert side dish.
I tried to explain that while plantains are related to the sweet bananas she loves, they are much starchier, less sweet and unpleasant to eat raw.
Summary: Here's a real power dish -- chicken gizzards with plantain and cilantro.
Recently a team-mate was enjoying some boiled plantain with jerk chicken.
For The plantain: 2 very ripe plantains 3 ounces clarified huller For The macadamia nuts: 8 macadamia nuts For the chilhuacle spice powder: 4 dried chilhuacle chiles, * toasted, ground 1/4 teaspoon cardamom seeds, toasted, ground 1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns, toasted, ground 1/4 teaspoon cloves, toasted, ground For The sour cream: 1/2 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon banana vinegar ** For the garnish: Roasted cocoa beans Micro mint leaves * if chilhuacle chiles are unavailable, substitute guajillos ** available from Rancho Gordo, ranchogordo.com, (707) 259-1935 For the plantain: Peel plantains and cut in half crosswise Heat clarified butter in pan and saute plantains until caramelized to medium caramel color.
Dr Philip Thornton, one of the authors of the report, said: "While bananas and plantains also have limiting factors they may be a good substitutes for potatoes in certain locations.