- What types of food products are specific to Côte d’Ivoire?
Côte d’Ivoire is known for having lots of coffee beans and is the worlds leading producer of cocoa and is is one of Africa’s largest exporters of palm oil and pineapples.
- How are these food products used in the Ivorian diet?
Well the Senufo peoples live in the country’s northern savanna (treeless plain) and They cultivate rice, yams, peanuts, and millet (a type of grain). Rice with a peppery peanut sauce is often enjoyed by the Senufo people. The Dioula of the far northwest depend on their cultivation of rice, millet, and peanuts to survive, while the Kulango people of the north, who are mostly farmers, grow and eat yams, corn, peanuts and watermelons. Those living near the coast enjoy a wide variety of seafood.
- Which dishes are specific to Côte d’Ivoire?
There national dish is fufu (FOO-fue), plantains, cassava, or yams pounded into a sticky dough and served with a seasoned meat (often chicken) and vegetable sauce called kedjenou (KED-gen-ooh). As with most meals, it is typically eaten with the hands, rather than utensils. Kedjenou is most often prepared from peanuts, eggplant, okra, or tomatoes.
- Give an example of a specific recipe with its picture and the ingredients used. Please provide some background information about this recipe.
- 2½ cups cassava (also called manioc or yucca); do not use very center of cassava
- 5 plantains; do not use very center of plantains
- Prepare the cassava and plantains by peeling them, slicing them lengthwise, and removing the woody core. Then cut the cassava and plantains into chunks and place in a large saucepan. Cover with water.
- Heat the water to boiling, and then lower heat to simmer. Simmer the cassava and plantains until tender (about 20 minutes). Drain.
- Return the pan to low heat and pound, mash, and stir the mixture, using a wooden spoon or potato masher. Add a sprinkling of water to keep the mixture from sticking. Continue pounding and mashing for 15 minutes, until the mixture is smooth.
- Form into balls and serve.
Makes 3 fufu balls.
- Answer the factual question: “Is the Ivorian diet a healthy one?”
Yes it is because they eat lots of vegetables and lots of fruits.
- Answer to the conceptual question: “Is our diet influenced by our culture? In other words, how much the Ivorian culture has shaped its diet. For example, did you find that as a former French colony it has adopted some French food products or adopted the French way of eating?
Well yes the Ivorian culture has shaped they eat however I did not find much french influence in it apart from the french names in foods.
- Give a personal response to the debatable question: “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are” in the context of Côte d’Ivoire. In other words, in your own view how is it important to eat good food in order to be healthy and fit?
It is important to eat well so we can live longer and have our bodies very well equipped to deal with diseases and heath problems.