The first time Adria ordered, she specified, among her other items, that she would like 5 "very green" plantains. If you know anything about plantains, they are members of the banana family, but more starchy and low in sugar. They need to be cooked, usually fried or baked, rather than eaten raw. Like bananas, they darken as they ripen so the flavor changes from starchy like a potato to sweeter as the plantain ripens.
The second time Adria ordered, she also wanted plantains "if very green only." Of course, at Daisy Mae's, we aim to please. On this particular day, the plantains we had in stock had started to darken so I wrote a note to Adria explaining that we did not include the plantains and that they would be deducted from her invoice. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect...Would this new customer think, "I thought I could order whatever I wanted?" Or would she understand that plantains, like bananas, are all about personal preferences and timing?
I got my answer in the form of a lovely email message: "I wanted to thank you for all the veggies with my Cuban husband's recipe for fried plantains. The reason I need all those very green ones. :)" Below her message was the Fried Plantain recipe that her husband had taken the time to type. Adria's message ended with "I hope you try and enjoy it. Feel free to share, print, or post."
So here you go...from Adria and her husband: The thanks that keeps on giving...Try Fried Plantains the true Cuban way, and think of thanking a friend next time by sharing your favorite recipe.