Musa paradisiaca L.

THIS VARIETY OF banana with many common names in Brazil can reach 10 inches in length and weigh more than a pound. With denser consistency and a more astringent and less sweet taste than other varieties, it is ideal for cooking – it is either fried, baked or boiled to serve as a side dish to many preparation across the Brazil, especially in the North and Northeast regions. On the streets of Santarém, plantain chips are sold as a snack.