Authentic tropical belly bliss raw!
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
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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