Plantain – Red




Usually available: All year

Life cycle: Herbaceous Perennial
Height: 30cm
Position: Full sun
Soil preference: Well drained

Plantain – Red (Musa paradisiaca)

Suitable Growing Conditions:

  • Thrives in warm, humid climates with temperatures between 20-35°C
  • Requires full sun to partial shade
  • Prefers well-draining, fertile soil rich in organic matter
  • Suitable for growing in coastal and subtropical regions of Australia, such as Queensland and New South Wales
  • Complimentary plants include legumes, taro, and sweet potato

Product Description:
Red Plantain is a nutrient-dense, versatile fruit with a striking reddish-purple peel. This tropical staple is beloved for its sweet, slightly tangy flavor and firm texture, making it perfect for a variety of culinary applications. Our organic Red Plantain is sustainably grown and harvested at peak ripeness to ensure the highest quality and nutritional value.

History of Usage:
Plantains have been cultivated for thousands of years, originating in Southeast Asia and spreading throughout tropical regions worldwide. They have been a staple food for many cultures, providing a reliable source of nutrition and energy. Red Plantain, in particular, has been valued for its unique color and flavor profile.

Medicinal Uses:

  • May aid in digestion due to its high fiber content
  • Contains vitamin B6, which supports brain function and mood regulation
  • Rich in potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure and supports heart health
  • May have anti-inflammatory properties due to the presence of flavonoids

Culinary Uses:

  • Can be cooked and mashed as a side dish or used as a base for savory dishes
  • Ideal for frying, baking, or grilling, as it holds its shape well when cooked
  • Adds a pop of color and sweet, slightly tangy flavor to smoothies and desserts
  • Can be used as a natural food coloring agent in various recipes

Garden Uses:

  • Provides a lush, tropical aesthetic to any garden or landscape
  • Large leaves can be used as natural mulch to suppress weeds and retain soil moisture
  • Can be grown as a windbreak or to provide shade for other plants

Other Informative Facts:

  • Red Plantain is an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamins (A, C, B6), and minerals (potassium, magnesium, and iron)
  • The plant is relatively low-maintenance and can produce fruit year-round in suitable conditions
  • Plantain leaves are often used in traditional medicine for wound healing and to treat digestive issues


Red Plantain is a nutritious and versatile fruit that deserves a place in every health-conscious kitchen and garden. Its unique color, flavor, and numerous health benefits make it an attractive choice for those seeking to diversify their diets and embrace sustainable, organic produce. By incorporating Red Plantain into your culinary creations and garden landscape, you can enjoy its many benefits while supporting small-scale, eco-friendly farming practices.


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