Ever wonder on what makes the motherland so unique? Is it our wonderfully diverse cultures and traditions? But well, when it comes to foods in particular, the continent boasts a very wide variety of cuisines and delicacies spread across our various societies.
Thanks to this diversity, a dish that may look unpalatable to someone may look the exact opposite to another and vice versa. As the saying goes, “one man’s poison is another man’s meat”.
In the spirit of diversity, join Oh Afrika as we spotlight some foods that you may think are unpalatable but eaten in a special way in some African countries.
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Uncooked Rice Soaked in Water/Milk
Why cook rice when you can just soak it? In as much as this may look inedible, this is a very popular snack in Malawi.
LAST week, I travelled with one Malawian guy &we put up in Centurion, SA.
In the morning he took out a container with uncooked rice, soaked it in cold water for about 30mins, &ate it raw… just like that!
— Phinias Shonayi (@phiniassZW) October 22, 2018
It is prepared by soaking uncooked rice in water/ milk for several hours. Once the rice softens, it is OK to be eaten. You can add sugar to taste.
We even soak it in milk sometimes. Add a little sugar and you're good to go.
— Ngwazi. 🌸 (@mbirisale) October 22, 2018
It is also very interesting to note that it is an aphrodisiac. Why not give it a try one of these days?
In Malawi we believe in plenty natural aphrodisiacs.. no viagra for us.. raw rice is one, raw cassava, bwemba fruit another.. just a few examples..
— Billboard Bae 🤸🏾♀️🖼 (@YouKnowNicole) October 23, 2018
Well, it is not everything that is unripe that isn’t edible. Let’s take plantain for instance.
Though spicy fried ripe plantain always seems to be the order of the day, another very healthy alternative is boiled unripe plantain. Among the Akan tribe in Ghana, for instance, boiled unripe plantain, known as apem is usually paired with steamed coco-yam leaves stew known as kontomire.
Uncooked Cassava with Groundnuts
This is a very popular snack in both Congo and DR Congo. Sold on the streets, the cassava is peeled, diced and served with groundnuts. They believe it also has aphrodisiac qualities.
Raw Garden Eggs with Groundnuts
Though very bitter when uncooked, this highly nutritious vegetable is eaten raw across some communities in West Africa. In Nigeria for instance, it is usually paired with groundnuts. Diced coconut can also be added if preferred.