Last February, I was in Haiti as part of a #Bloggers4Haiti trip on behalf of Heart of Haiti, a “trade not aid program” developed by the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and Willa Shalit in partnership with Macy’s to promote sustainable income in the arts for Haitians. Our trip began in Port-au-Prince and took us to the southern coast to the lovely ocean side town of Jacmel which is known for its papier-mâché.
While touring the different papier-mâché studios, I looked outside the window and saw this woman. There she was seated alongside the street, making fresh friend plantains one of my most favorite treats! As my mouth started to water, I grabbed my camera to capture the process of making them street side. For less than a $1 we bought a bag to share and they were just as fresh and delicious as they looked.
First the plantains are sliced. They are either sliced long and thin like a french fry or flat and round like a potato chip.
Next the plantains are pressed in a wood contraception as shown in the photo below. This gets any moisture out of them and also shapes them.
Finally, they are dipped in oil and fried right there on the street.
Mmmm…..they are wonderful and even better with an icy, cold Prestige, the local beer which is of course sold on the street.
I could eat fried plantains every single day I love them so much. Unfortunately I can’t replicate the delightful, fresh taste of the ones I’ve had in the Caribbean or Central America. Guess I’ll just have to travel more.
In case you missed last week’s photo challenge on the amazing street art I captured in NYC, click here.