Plantains are indeed a member of the banana family and grown most widely in tropical climates. Though less sweet than bananas, they are very starchy and should be cooked before serving.
Yes, both bananas and plantains are members of the Musaceae family, genus Musa Paradisiaca. The common name “banana” is used for the sweeter variety, the kind that can be eaten raw. The name “plantain” is used for the variety that cannot be eaten raw, and must instead be cooked.
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