A plantain and a banana are quite similar but do not ripen exactly the same way.

Ripe plantains

When a plantain becomes ripe, it still has a high content of indigestible starches and should be cooked. However, as a banana ripens, its starches turn into sugars and can be eaten raw.

Usually, plantains are sold unripe. Unripe plantains are green in colour. So how do you know when a plantain is ripe? Read on!

1. The plantain skin turns deep or brownish yellow with traces of black.


Many black marks is a sign that the plantain is fully ripened.

2.The skin is easier to peel off


When a plantain becomes ripe, the skin is quite easy to remove. You may find a bit of the fruit stuck on the skin

Read also: How To Quickly Ripen Plantains Or Bananas

How Do You Know If They Are Overripe


Plantains are overripe when their skin becomes black and wrinkled or when the whole fruit becomes too soft.