This morning in Spanish class, third graders started a cooking project that first graders ended up being a part of (because Señorita overloaded the electrical circuits… whoops! and had to restart, ahem). As serendipity would have it, the end product was even better than planned: a beautiful mix of first and third graders working and cooking side-by-side.
As a result, both classes learned about plantains and how even though they appear very similar to bananas, they are not the same food at all–starchy and much harder (cannot be eaten raw). Students then made tostones or patacones (plantain chips) to taste, which are a very popular snack in Spanish-speaking countries.
If you would like to make this delicious snack at home, HERE is a recipe. Another way to prepare them is for breakfast, as mangú (eaten especially in the Dominican Republic)–recipe HERE. See below for the etymological origin of this word and a fun story. Happy Thursday!