At first sight, it’s easy to mistake a plantain for a banana. There are several different varieties of banana-like foods, which are all part of the same family, but taste very different from each other.
Plantain trees grow best in moisture-rich, tropical climates and since they don’t have a growing season they are available year-round. This makes them a very valuable, reliable food source in countries across the globe from Central and South America to the Caribbean, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Plantains are part of the Musa paradisiaca family.
So is The Plantain A Fruit or a Vegetable? According to Fruit and Veggies - More Matters, the plantain is actually. . . a fruit! Similar to the tomato, which is a fruit consumed as a vegetable, the plantain is also consumed as a vegetable.