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Top Five West African Foods

Submitted by West Africa Cooks on Wed, 2013-05-22 23:30

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Okra

Okra

Jollof Seasoning

Jollof Seasoning

Cassava Flour

Cassava Flour

Palm oil

Palm Oil

Yam

Yam

Okra, known in many English-speaking countries as ladies' fingers, bhindi, bamia, ochro or gumbo, is a flowering plant in the mallow family. It is valued for its edible green seed pods. The geographical origin of okra is disputed, with supporters of West African, Ethiopian, and South Asian origins. The plant is cultivated in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions around the world.

Jollof rice, also called Benachin, meaning "one pot" in the Wolof language, is a popular dish in many parts of West Africa. It is thought to have originated amongst members of the Wolof ethnic group in the Senegambia region; the historic name for the Wolof people and their empire being Jollof, but has since spread to the whole of West Africa, especially Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Liberia. There are many variations of Jollof rice. The most common basic ingredients are rice, tomatoes and tomato paste, onion, salt, and red pepper. Beyond that, nearly any kind of meat, vegetable, or spice can be added.

Cassava flour is also used to make bread, cake, cookies. In Nigeria and Ghana (West Africa), cassava flour is used along with yams to make fufu (polenta), which is then savored with stews.

Palm oil naturally reddish in color because of a high beta-carotene content (also known as dendê oil, from Portuguese) is an edible vegetable oil derived from the mesocarp (reddish pulp) of the fruit of the oil palms, primarily the African oil palm Elaeis guineensis

Yam is the common name for some plant species in the genus Dioscorea (family Dioscoreaceae) that form edible tubers. These are perennial herbaceous vines cultivated for the consumption of their starchy tubers in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Oceania.