Food is any nutritious substance which is liquid or solid that people or animal seat or drink, plants absorb in order to maintain life and support growth. It is usually of plant or animal origin, and contains essential nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins or minerals.
By: Ameera-Michelle Aryeetey
Food has been categorized into two which are local foods and continental foods or dishes. A person interested in eating food that is locally produced, not moved long distances to market is known as a ”LACAVORE” or ”LOCALVORE.” Continental dishes are delicacies consumed in European countries. Examples of continental dishes are French rice, pizza, noodles, etcetera.
The reason why Ghanaian dishes are preferred to the others is because e locally grown food tastes and looks better. The crops are picked at their peak, and farmstead products and are hand-crafted for best flavor. Local foods also ensure long life with good health. Below are five Ghanaian foods you should taste when you visit Ghana.
”Waakye” is a food that exhibits Ghanaians creative use of rice. The recipe is a medley of beans and rice and was originally a Northern dish, but can be found everywhere on the streets of Accra. Eating waakye will open the door to a range of Ghanaian tastes and flavors as the main dish is served with other side dishes such as fried plantain, gari (grated cassava), spaghetti and many more.
Also ”Fufu and goat soup” is another dish you should taste when you visit Ghana. It is the proud dish of the Akan guaranteed to work its wonders. Fufu is a staple food across West Africa but in Ghana, it is made by pounding a mixture of boiled cassava and plantain into a soft sticky paste to go along with stimulating spicy tomato soup.
Another Ghanaian local dish to consider is “kenkey and fried fish” Kenkey is another corn base staple similar to banku, that is made by molding fermented corn dough into balls and wrapping them around dried corn leaves, which are then boiled. The meal is served with hot pepper sauce, fried crabs, octopus, or fish and is a delicacy of the Accra people.
To add to that, “Tuo Zaafi” is a dish you should taste when you visit Ghana. Northern Ghanaian food is dominated by the use of grains, herbs and meat as these are the main food product of the area.
Tuo Zaafi is similar to banku, although it’s quite soft and less sticky, and made by cooking corn dough and adding a little cassava. The soup makes it a popular meal nationwide because of the nutritious and rare herbs used in making it which includes, ayoyo leaves and dawa dawa.
To end with, “Banku and tilapia” is a dish you should taste when you visit Ghana. When you see fish being grilled on the streets of Accra, it is most likely to be tilapia, a delicacy among Ghanaians who spice then grill the succulent fresh water fish. It complements banku, a southern mix of fermented corn and cassava dough, and very hot pepper, diced tomatoes and onions.