My Favourite Local Food- Sierra Leone Edition
See the team at Afrobloggers they are people after my own heart. Day 3 and I get to tell you my favourite foods from my home town of Sierra Leone!
Today i bring to you my fave dish called CASSAVA LEAVES!
Let me tell you, looking at this picture made my mouth WATER! If it was not for Corona I would be trying to book a flight back to Sierra Leone right now.
What is Cassava?
Well The good people at Medical News Today pretty sum it up below
Cassava is a root vegetable. It is the underground part of the cassava shrub, which has the Latin name Manihot esculenta. Like potatoes and yams, it is a tuber crop. Cassava roots have a similar shape to sweet potatoes.
People can also eat the leaves of the cassava plant. Humans living along the banks of the Amazon River in South America grew and consumed cassava hundreds of years before Christopher Columbus first voyaged there.
Today, more than 80 countries throughout the tropics grow cassava, and it is a primary component of the diet of more than 800 million people around the world. It is popular because it is a hardy crop that is resistant to drought and does not require much fertilizer, although it is vulnerable to bacterial and viral diseases.
Ok..So what is Cassava Leaves Soup?
Well the chef behind the amazing dish in the photo above explains it
Cassava leaves soup is not actually a soup but sort of a stew. Can be prepared with any meat or fish. The texture of cassava leaves is dense and grassy but moist and tasty once cookedBintu @RecipesFromAPantry
If any of you have had cassava leaves before please let me know in the comments so we can all enjoy together