Green: Not Just For St. Patrick’s Day

With St. Patrick’s day right around the corner, everyone has their minds on the color green. Here at Organics Unlimited, we think green everyday! We believe in growing our fruit in the most green way possible; free of chemicals that harm the environment.

Organic goods have plenty of health and environmental benefits, such as saving the environment by reducing chemicals implanted into the air and earth, decreasing pollution, saving the soil, and building a better today for tomorrow’s generation. Being able to sustain our planet and protect it is a key focus for our president Mayra Velaquez de Leon, “Sustainability has always been a part of our core beliefs. My family has been growing organic bananas since 1974, and while it is a more difficult process, it provides better long-term health for our growing areas.”

But it’s not just our planet we want to sustain, it’s also our workers. Our GROW Fund provides a valuable opportunity founded on the principles of providing a better lifestyle for not only the workers who grow our produce, but also others in the community who are either unemployed or whose wages will not pay for what we all consider life necessities. Our green values are what Organics Unlimited was built on, and we strive to not only provide great, healthy produce to our customers, but to improve our environment with our growing practices and programs.

Speaking of green, we’ve found a perfect recipe for fried green plantains to give to your customers!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus extra for seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 green plantains

Directions

Combine water, garlic and salt in medium size glass bowl and set aside.In a large (12-inch) saute pan, heat oil to 325 degrees F. Peel plantains and slice crosswise into 1-inch pieces. Carefully add plantains to oil and fry until golden yellow in color, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes per side. (The oil should come halfway up the side of the plantain). With a spider or slotted spoon, remove the plantains from the pan and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, standing them on their ends. With the back of a wide, wooden spatula, press each piece of plantain down to half its original size. Then place the plantains in the water and let soak for 1 minute. Remove and pat dry with a tea towel to remove excess water.Bring oil back up to 325 degrees F and return plantains to pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 4 minutes per side. Remove to a dish lined with paper towels, and sprinkle with salt, if desired. Serve immediately.

Thanks to the Food Network for the recipe!

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