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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


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Liberian stews are unlike most recipes, Liberian stews are hearty stews that combine numerous meats, fish, and vegetables in one stew. 

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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.


Did you know...?
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.

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