April 28th—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed.
Plantains are very closely related to bananas, but while bananas are normally eaten raw, plantains are almost always cooked before being eaten - they're not very tasty in their raw state. Where bananas are sweet, plantains are more starchy, and so while they are technically fruits, they are commonly consumed as though they were starchy root vegetables. Think potatoes, carrots, and yams. Considered this way, Roasted Plantain Chips make perfect sense.
Trader Joe's Roasted Plantain Chips come to us from a supplier in Peru, where plantains grow abundantly in the tropical, sub-equatorial climate. The plantains are picked when they're just ripe enough to show some of their sweetness, sliced, and then cooked in sunflower oil and dusted with sea salt. They're crunchy, just-a-bit sweet chips that eat like thick-cut potato chips, yet have only half the fat of regular potato chips. They're great snacks just out of the bag, and also intriguing in place of potato or tortilla chips when served with dips like our Reduced Guilt Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip or Guacamame Dip.
We're selling each six ounce bag of Roasted Plantain Chips for $1.69, every day. That's such a great value, you might think we've gone bananas!