Plantain Salsa

Authentic tropical belly bliss raw!

©Plantain Salsa

©Plantain Salsa

I think this must be one of the very first raw food recipes I tried out at home many years ago. It’s one that you can vary over and over and still marvel at it flavourful deliciousness.

Plantains are a staple fruit, a whole food used in savoury cuisine for many non-western tropical regions: in the Caribbean, Americas, African continent and many countries across Asia. Plantain is a fruit, but not a banana and has a different flavour profile, when ripe, they are very sweet and lend themselves to different culinary applications.

Have this recipe as a side dish, in a tapas spread, or in a wrap…

You will need:

1-2 ripe firm ripe plantain, peeled and cut into cubes

1-2 ripe firm avocado, peeled and cut into cubes

2 tbsp fresh lime juice

1/2 cup fresh chayote/cho cho/Christophine, peeled and diced or julienne

handful plum tomato’s, diced

1 small scotch bonnet pepper, seeds revived, finely chopped (jalapeño pepper is milder)

3-4 spring onion, chopped

1/2 medium sweet red pepper, diced

2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped

1/2 tsp ground cumin

salt to taste

cracked black pepper to taste

Do this:

Add ingredients to a large bowl, season with salt and pepper and gently toss. Be careful not to smash the avocado. Place into a serving dish, share and enjoy. 🌿

Plantain: source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, potassium. High in carbohydrates from starch.

Chayote/cho cho/christopine: a type of squash that belongs to the gourd family. Provides antioxidants, and an excellent source of vitamin C.

Avocado: provides important vitamins C, K, E, B6, copper, potassium, folate, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) and more.

Scotch bonnet pepper: a variety of chilli pepper. A source of carbohydrate, dietary fiber, vitamin A, C, and small amount of plant protein, calcium and iron.

Coriander/cilantro/Dhanya: a herb, with great flavour, all parts of the plant are edible. High in vitamin C, A, contains small amounts minerals.

Cumin: is a spice, it contains key nutrients such as iron and copper, which are needed for healthy red blood cells.

Tomato’s: are a fruit, and a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.

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