The plantain is a crop in the genus Musa and is generally used for cooking, in contrast to the soft, sweet banana (which is sometimes called the dessert banana). wikipedia
This was the first time I cooked plantains and it was in the office. I had it with plums for lunch. It was sweet and i like it. I first tried eating this with friends at Rose's house. I liked it cos I missed it so much. That's why I bought 2 big pieces and tried it. To cook it, you may use the stove top. Add a bit of water and let boil. Or you may use the microwave just like what I did. I added a small amount of water and heated it for 5 minutes per plantain. Try it!