Green plantains are not to be confused with green bananas. Plantains are longer than green bananas, and have a sweeter flavor when cooked. Look for plantains in the produce section at Latin grocery stores.
Use the finest side of a cheese grater to finely shred the plantains. When shaping the plantain balls, be sure to roll the balls into compact balls to prevent them from falling apart when cooked.
How to Peel the Plantains
Before peeling the plantains, soak them in warm water for about 15 min. Then, cut both ends off each plantain before cutting a lengthwise slit in the peel. Release the peel with your fingers by starting at the slit and working your way around the plantain. Dry plantain completely before shredding.