Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Help with Nigerian snack name

It's October and I'm in Austin, Texas, visiting family. Daughter Abena just gave me a snack (grain? seed?) she bought at a Nigerian store. It  looks like barley or buckwheat, or a fat kind of rice. Can any of you tell me what it's from, and its name--English, indigenous, and/or scientific? Also, any more information about how it's prepared and eaten is welcome. As always, thank you.


Fran said...
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Fran said...

I love the Internet: immediately, Oz Sokoh from Kitchen Butterfly responded: it's likely ukwa (Igbo), afon (Yoruba), the seed of the African breadfruit tree, treculia Africana. She explains it's used in pottages or roasted and eaten as a snack. It's also used to make porridges, and has a mild flavor. Thank you, Kitchen Butterfly.