Migan de Figues Vertes

Green Plantain Puree, French Antilles

Preparation info

  • Serves

    8

    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

A Canon of Vegetables

A Canon of Vegetables

By Raymond Sokolov

Published 2007

  • About

This is the spicy, hot staple of the French islands. It serves as an emblem of ethnic identity for the Cuadeloupean woman protagonist in the novel Un Plat de Pore aux Bananes Vertes (1967) by André and Simone Schwarz-Bart. Migan is Guadeloupean patois for a puree. Figues vertes, green figs, mirror the Asian mythical identification of bananas and figs, perhaps because of East Asian laborers brought to the French islands.