A fruit that resembles a banana. They have a green, yellow or black exterior, depending on the ripeness, and must be cooked before consuming.
Most likely Southeast Asia.
It is believed that plantains were introduced to parts of the Americas and to the Caribbean by Portuguese Franciscan friars.
Plantains are are staple foods in east and central Africa.
The Oxford Companion to Food. 3rd ed., by Alan Davidson and edited by Tom Jaine (2014)
“Plantain” from Encyclopedia Britannica https://www.britannica.com/plant/plantain
“Plantain: Origins – Consumption – Nutrition Facts – Health Benefits” from Nutritious Fruit http://www.nutritiousfruit.com/plantain.html