You’re on holiday abroad exploring a local market. Suddenly an enticing aroma encircles you and makes you turn your head to find the source. There’s a long queue of hungry people looking jealously at people walking away munching on…
Marguerite is an excellent brand of Ivorian attiéké that is available at African markets in the US and Europe. It is dehydrated and very easy to prepare. An ideal accompaniment for African sauces. I like the flavor of this particular attiéké, as well as its texture, which is very even and fine (like a good quality couscous).
Red Palm Oil, also known as huile rouge in French and dendê in Portuguese, comes from the palm fruit shown in this photo. The bright orange oil is a staple in many West African dishes and adds unique color and flavor to food. Recently, this tasty tropical oil has come under criticism for being high in saturated fat. However, it is also 300 times richer in certain potent anti-oxidants than tomatoes and scientists are now studying its potential role in ameliorating the effects of heart attacks.
Fruits of Ghana - Cocoa (koh-kooh) You can eat or suck the the pulpy membrane around the cocoa seed. The seeds are used for making chocolate and it’s by products, and the the shell (pod) of the cocoa fruit is used for making soap. Cocoa is Ghana’s number one cash-crop, main export.