I was in the Dominican Republic working with a pharmaceutical company a few months ago and they took me to this restaurant that specialized in food particular to Santa Domingo. Being from East, TN, I am familiar with only one banana, but this restaurant served many different types cooked many different ways. It seemed that every dish, appetize, veggies, bread had a different type of plantain/banana as an ingredient. I am not sure that plantain and banana are the same, but they look similar. Some were not sweet, some were somewhat sour, some had no taste. They fried them, boiled, them, BBQ'd them, served them with meats and fish.
I guess if you got a bunch of them, you use them.
I found the food to be similar to Spanish food which I thought was bland.
I suppose they should have Spanish food as Christopher Colombus landed there and built a house there. Sorta funny as I had always thought Ole Christy discovered North America and the museum indicated he was never here.
Paul E. Smith