Curiosity is the key to knowledge.

Africa is home to more unknown history than known. A map of Africa does not begin to show the vastness of people, culture, food, living and ancient history of the African continent. Established 2008 Chic African Culture is a learning tool to meet the demand for better education about the entire continent of Africa.

Popular_Topics

Different roads sometimes lead to the same home - with love from your ancestors

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Liberian Spicy Bitter Leaf Stew

Vernonia amygdalina or Bitterleaf is a widely used cooking vegetable throughout Africa. 




Bitterleaf Stew is not bitter as suggested by the name but a delicious mix of beef, fish, chicken, pork, and shellfish served over fufu. Bitter leaf leaves alone have a bitter taste and are sold fresh or dried. The leaves are green with a robust odor and a bitter taste. The Yorubas call bitter leaf Ewuro and the Igbos Onugbu, every part of the plant is beneficial from the stem, leaves, and root. 


Liberian Spicy Bitter Leaf Stew


 African Recipes by

Liberian stews are unlike most recipes, Liberian stews are hearty stews that combine numerous meats, fish, and vegetables in one stew. Prep time: Cook time: Total time:


Liberian Spicy Bitter Leaf Stew

Ingredients

5 ounces of cubed beef
5 ounces of pork or pork sausage
2 skinless chicken thighs
3 smoked fish, flaked
1/2 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
1/4 cup palm oil (optional if you are cooking palm oil free)
3 garden eggs (small eggplants) cut into quarters
2 bunches scallions, finely chopped
1 punch bitter leaf, chopped
1 very hot pepper, chopped
Water to cover

Directions

Add all ingredients except shrimp to a large pot over medium heat cover ingredients with water. Reduce heat to low and simmer 1 hour. Add shrimp and continue to simmer another 15 minutes.



About Liberian Bitter Leaf Plant

The bitter leaf grows in a large range of biological zones in Africa, produces many leaves, and is drought tolerant. Bitter leaf leaves have been used in African traditional folk medicine to stimulate the digestive system, lower blood sugar, antimalarial and reduce fever.


Share this page

Chic African Culture

A bird sits on a tree it likes - African Proverb

Chic African Culture Featured Articles

Wise Words


A wise person does not fall down on the same hill twice.