African and American kitchens are not so different
From Africa to America, the world is one big flavorful kitchen.
Starchy foods have fiber, calcium, iron and B vitamins. The world over the emphasis is on starch and one main starchy side dish in Africa is fufu.
Well, fufu is to West Africa as mashed potatoes are to North America.
Fufu is made from either boiled green plantains, rice, corn meal, corn, yams or sweet or white potatoes.
Fufu is made by mashing starchy foods such as potatoes, yams, cassava, plantains or flour with a liquid such as water or broth.
Mashed potatoes are made by smashing boiled potatoes with a potato masher or a fork. Fufu is also made by pounding the potatoes with a mortar and pestle. The mortar and pestle is one of the oldest most recognized pharmacy and kitchen tool used throughout the world. Use a mortar and pestle to grind and mix spices, crush herbs and nuts or pound starches such as fufu. African and American kitchens are not really so different. Most everyday meals consist of vegetables either from home gardens or from market stores.