Last Updated 25/05/2022

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Frequently Asked Questions About Unripe Plantain

Here are some of the most popular questions about unripe plantain and quick answer to each of them.

What Is Unripe Plantain/ Green Plantain?

Unripe plantain is simply plantain that has not yet ripened. It is bright green in colour and has a thicker outer skin than ripe plantain.

And just in case you don't know what a plantain is, let me quickly describe it.

Plantains are the close relative of bananas. They are just bigger, less-sweet and starchier forms of bananas.

Unlike banana's, plantains are almost always cooked, fried or grilled before eating.

Well, as a matter of fact, plantains are sometimes called "cooking banana".

Now, there are 3 main ripening points of Plantains.

Green Plantain

Yellow Plantain

Black Plantain

Unripe Plantain
Ripe Plantain
Over-ripe Plantain




Fairly hard pulp (outer skin) and inside

Fairly soft pulp (outer skin)  and inside

Very soft pulp (outer skin) and inside

Starchy and less sweet ( Like Irish potatoes)

Slightly sweet 

Very sweet

Best for making Chips

Best fried, cooked or grilled

Best baked and for other overripe plantain recipes

What Makes Unripe Plantain Different From Ripe Plantain?

Unripe plantain is different from unripe plantain in taste, colour and nutritional profile.

So, asides the physical differences, there are other few important nutritional differences between ripe and unripe plantain.

Here they are:

Green/Unripe Plantain

Yellow/ Ripe Plantain

Contains more Micronutrient

Contain less micronutrient. (Micronutrient loss happens as plantain ages)

Contains Probiotic bacteria

(Helps with good colon health

Little to no probiotics

 Low glycemic index
(Makes it take longer to digest)

Lower in resistance starch
(Most of the starch has been converted to simple sugar)

High resistant starch

(Which may cause bloating and gas)

Slightly sweet 

Low sugar content

(So, good for people suffering from Type 2 diabetes) 

High sugar content

(So, Not good for people suffering from Type 2 diabetes)

Low antioxidant 

Higher levels of antioxidants (antioxidant levels increase with the age of the Plantain)

What Is Plantain Botanical Name?

The botanical name for plantain is: Musa paradisiaca

What Is Unripe Plantain Calories?

According to fitness pal, the calories in cooked 100 grams of unripe plantain is 116 calories

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What Is Unripe Plantain Nutritional Fact?

A Serving Size of 1 medium (179g) raw unripe (green) plantain contains:

Calories: 220
Carbohydrate: 57 grams (g)
Fibre: 4 grams (g)
Fat: 0.5 grams (g)
Protein: 2 grams (g)
Vitamin A: 360 micrograms (ug)
Vitamin B6: 0.44 milligram (mg)
Vitamin C: 45 micrograms (ug)
Potassium: 739 milligrams (mg)
Magnesium: 66.2 milligram (mg)
Zinc: 0.3 milligram (mg)
Iron: 1.1 milligram (mg)

Note that the nutritional value changes slightly after cooking.

Is Plantain Protein Or Carbohydrate?

Plantain is more of carbohydrate. A medium size plantain has about 57 grams (g) of carbs and a measly 2 grams (g) protein.

So, the bottom line is that plantain is definitely carbohydrate.

Can You Use Unripe Plantain For Weight Loss?

Absolutely! it is an excellent weight-loss friendly food.

Here's why...

You see, unripe plantain is rich in fibre and complex carbs (resistance starch), which digest more slowly, thus keeps you more full and satisfied for longer after eating.

And therefore you're less likely to go hungry or snack in-between meals.

So, in essence, eating green plantain can help eliminates unnecessary cravings and help you consume fewer calories overall. 

Is Unripe Plantain Keto Compliant?

Unfortunately, unripe plantain is NOT keto compliant. Because it contains a high amount of carbs, which are a "no-no" on the keto diet. 

Can Unripe Plantain help with Fertility?

Yes, unripe plantain can boost fertility in both men and women because it's rich in vitamin B6.

And B6 is responsible for regulating hormones (Including sexual hormones).

As matter of fact, a deficiency in vitamin B6 can cause poor sperm development in men and poor egg development in women.

Is Unripe Plantain good for Diabetes? 

Unripe plantain a diabetes-friendly food because it contains a low amount of sugar content. Also, unripe plantain contains lots of fibre, and fibre has been shown to help stabilise blood sugar. 

Can you eat unripe plantain while you're pregnant?

Yes, for the most part, you can eat and enjoy unripe plantain while pregnant.  Green plantain contains quite a number of impressive nutrients, which is good for you and the baby.

That said, ensure you don't overindulge and also check with your doctor if you're on medication of any kind.

Can You Use Unripe Plantain For Ulcer?

Unripe plantain is an excellent food for you if you're suffering from an ulcer simply because it contains probiotics and other phytochemicals that can help heal wounds in the wall of the intestine.

NB: For best result, make sure you check the unripe plantain concussion recipe further down in this post.

Does Unripe Plantain Contain Iron?

Yes, unripe plantain contains about 1.1 milligrams (mg) of iron. 

What Are The Uses Of Unripe Plantain Peels?

Peel from green/ unripe plantain is used for making dry flour, which can be used in making snacks like cookies.

What Are Plantain Peel Benefits?

According to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology, flour made from plantain peel is a very good source of antioxidants, dietary fibre.

Health Benefits Of Unripe Plantain

Here are some of the important health benefits of consuming unripe (green) plantain regularly:

1. Good For Weight Management.

Green plantain is rich in fibre and complex carbs (resistance starch), which digest more slowly, thus keeps you more full and satisfied for longer after eating.

And therefore you're less likely to go hungry or snack in-between meals, which makes it an excellent weight management meal.

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2. Boost Sexual Performance.

Unripe plantain can boost libido in both men and women.

Not only that, it can also increase the quality and quantity on a man's sperm, and enhance egg development in women, thus, it boosts fertility.

For best result check out the plantain libido-booster recipe further down in this post.

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3. Can Help In Managing Diabetes.

Green plantains are really low in sugar compared to ripe ones, thus makes it a fantastic food for anyone managing diabetes.

Also, it's high fibre content can help regulate blood sugar.

4. Aids Better Absorption Of Some Nutrients.

Unripe (green) plantain helps you absorb nutrients, like calcium, better than ripe plantain can.

5. Helps To Strengthen Your Bones And Teeth.

Unripe plantain is calcium rich. And calcium is one of the important nutrients for building strong bones, nails and teeth.

Also, green plantain can help protect you from having diseases that weaken the bones such as osteoporosis.

6. Beneficial For Heart Health

Because unripe (green) plantain is potassium-rich, it can help protect you against hypertension and heart attack (through control of blood pressure and the rate of the heartbeat).

Also, it contains some level of serotonin, which helps enhance blood flow, dilates the arteries and decreases homocysteine (an amino acid linked to heart disease and nervous system damage).

7. Enhances Bowel Movement

Its high fibre content makes it a great constipation reliever. And it also eases bowel movement.

Also, it provide relief from haemorrhoids and other  digestive conditions like diverticulitis [1].

8. Fights Against Ulcer

Green plantain can help prevent and may even cure ulcer.

You see, it contains probiotics and other phytochemicals that can help heal wounds in the wall of the intestine.

9. Battles Against Anaemia And Neuritis.

Unripe plantain beneficial for a healthy brain function because it's a rich source of Vitamin B6. And vitamin B6 is a key nutrient responsible generating important neurotransmitters, which transmit information from one cell to another. 

10. Beneficial For Brain Health

Unripe plantain can help you have a more healthy and glowing skin.

11. Beneficial For The Skin

Green plantain supplies some key nutrients that helps  improve your vision.

Also, vitamin A and B6 in unripe plantain can helps slow the emergence of eye diseases like macular degeneration.

12. Can Help Improve Vision

Green plantain supplies some key nutrients that helps  improve your vision.

Also, vitamin A and B6 in unripe plantain can helps slow the emergence of eye diseases like macular degeneration.

12. Boosts Immune System.

Unripe (green) plantain is a good source of many protective nutrients including vitamin A, B6 and C, which help strengthens your immune system and protects you from illness and fight against free radical damage.

Disadvantages And Side Effect Of Unripe Plantain

Here are some of the disadvantages and side effect of eating unripe (green) plantain...

  • Green plantain doesn't taste nearly as good as ripe plantain.

  • Unripe  (green) plantain has lower antioxidant levels compared to ripe plantains. Antioxidant increases with the age of the Plantain.

  • Unripe plantain may cause some gas and bloating because of its higher resistant starch content.

  • Just like any other food, some people may have an allergic reaction when they eat plantain. Some of the popular allergy symptoms include things like trouble breathing, itching and swelling (of the lips, tongue and throat) and the likes.

Unripe Plantain Recipes

There are dozens of unripe (or green) plantain recipes.

However, I'll be sharing with you three very important recipes. One recipe for weight loss, another for sexual enhancement, and the last one is an ulcer cure.

Here are the recipes:

Weight Loss Unripe Plantain Recipe.

This recipe is a well balanced, filling and tastes delicious. That's what makes it an excellent weight loss recipe.

Unripe Plantain Recipe
  •  4 Unripe (or green) plantain
  • 1 bunch of Ugwu (Pumpkin leaf)
  • 1 bunch of scent leaf
  • 1/2 cup of crayfish
  • 1 smoked fish
  • 1 onions (medium size)
  • 1/4 cup of Palm oil
  • 1 seasoning cube (maggi)
  • 1 seasoning powder
  • salt to taste
  1. Peel and dice your plantain.

  2. Put diced plantain into a pot and add in your palm oil, sliced onions, seasoning cube, salt, and water. And cook till plantain gets soft

  3. Then add in your crayfish, smoked fish and seasoning powder. and then stir and let it cook for ten more minutes.
  4. Add your scent leaf and let it simmer for 5 minutes.

  5. Finally, add in your ugwu leaf and a pinch of salt, stir and let it cook for another two minutes.

  6. Turn off heat and serve!

Unripe Plantain Recipe For Sexual Enhancement

This recipe is a herbal mixture that helps with erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and loss of libido in both men and women.

  • Unripe (or green) Plantain
  • Garlic
  • Pure Honey
  • Cloves
  • Walnuts
  1. Peel, cook and cut your unripe plantains into small pieces.

  2. Grate your walnuts and grind your gloves.

  3. Mix unripe plantain, grated walnuts, cloves together and grind, mash or blend.
  4. Once everything is mixed properly, add in your honey to form a paste.

  5. Allow the paste to dry under the sun (ensure you cover with a tiny hole mesh iron mosquito nets, preferably, to prevent flies from touching)

  6. After sun-drying, blend or grind into a powder flake
  • Use it orally (i.e you eat it.)
  • You can add it to pap, oats or any beverage.

Ulcer Unripe Plantain Recipe.

This unripe plantain concussion is powerful and said to help cure ulcer in two to three weeks.

  • 2 or 3 Unripe (or green) Plantain
  •  Water
  1. Peel,  cut your unripe plantains into small pieces.
  2. Put your cut unripe plantain into a container with a cover (or lid)
  3. Fill the container with up to half or more with water.
    NB: DON'T fill the water to the brim. Allow some space in the container
  4. Cover container tightly and shake very well to mix content properly. Then store away for 2 to 3 days, so the unripe plantain mixture can ferment.
  • Before your meal drink a glass (about 30ml), two to three times daily (depending on urgency)
  • Take continuously for a period of 2 to 3 weeks

The concussion tastes something like raw potato water. Not the most delicious taste but drinkable.


Unripe plantain is a versatile food with plenty of good-for-you nutrients.

Except you're allergic to plantain, try to eat more of unripe plantain than ripe. Because it is higher in fibre, retains more nutrient, and contains low sugar content.

And don't forget to try out the unripe plantain recipe above.

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  1. Thank you. This is very informative. I grew up eating fried and boiled green and ripe plantains but never knew its benefits.

  2. Thanks for the detailed info. Pls how long does the plantain water stay before it’s unhealthy for consumption.
    I’m referring to the Ulcer Unripe Plantain Recipe.

      1. Thanks and God bless you for this educative opportunity. I have come across blended unpeeled green plantains to make Amala recipe. What are the health benefits and side effects of this. Thanks

  3. I had severe pains for hours after taking the plantain juice.. please I want to know if that is how it works.. because the pain was really tormenting for hours that I had to drink red oil to dissolve it.. Thanks I will be waiting for your response.

    1. You have to stop using it. It may be cause it can't cure your can of ulcer. I used this remedy for ulcer cure and it worked for me

    2. You have to stop using it. It may be cause it can't cure your kind of ulcer. I used this remedy for my ulcer and it worked for me.

    3. Continue. I experience same two times. D pain was so severe and was directly in my upper stomach and back. I continue now had subsided.

  4. Great work. Quite elaborate explanation. It will be helpful to provide some scientific references/ journals/publication to back up your claims.

    Question: How long should the plantain water stay before it gets spoilt and unfit for drinking. This is based on the recipe 3 above.


      1. God bless you bro, for this priceless information. I've been battling with Ulcer for over 9 years now. Hmm!! It's a heart wrenching experience which I can not even wish my greatest enemy… I started taking this Unripe plantain water, just barely 2 days now. And I must say I've seen an unexplainable improvement. Thank God.

  5. This site provides useful information of all times. Topics are deeply treated. One of the best so far. Hope the remedies provided are good and true.

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