Africa is blessed with a lot of local foods which are tasty to many foreigners. One of these food is Fufu.
One of the most cherished foods in Ghana is Fufu. Which other countries eat Fufu aside Ghana? What is Fufu and it’s meaning? Check it below.
What Does fufu mean in Ghana Or West Africa?
Fufu is largely eaten by some West African Countries.
fo͝ofo͝o is a thick, doughlike West African food made by boiling and pounding a starchy vegetable such as yam, plantain, or cassava.
Fufu means to mix or mash in Twi, a language spoken in Ghana. Usually, Fufu is eaten with a soup.
List Of Countries Who Also Eats Fufu And Name In The Local Language
Apart from Ghana, the following West African countries eat Fufu
1. Nigeria – fufu, akpụ, ụtara, loi-loi, swallow, Mr White
2. Cameroon – couscous, couscous de manioc
3. Togo – foufou
4. Benin – santana, foufou
5. Angola – funge, fúngi
6. Gabon – foufou
7. Central African Republic,
8.Cote D’Ivoire – foutou, foufou
9. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – fufú, moteke, luku
10. Republic of Congo – fufú, moteke, luku
11. Sierra Leone: fufú
12. Liberia: fufu
Apart from this African countries, the following Caribbean countries eats Fufu. Cuba, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico.
How Cassava Fufu Came To Africa
Cassava’s popularity started with the Portuguese, who in the 16th century exported the root vegetable from Brazil to the West African coast. In West Africa, it was treated the same as other starches, pounded till doughy and swallowed with soup.
Is it good to eat fufu everyday?
It is highly rich in Carbohydrates.
Fufu or akpu is a good source of fiber which is very beneficial in improving the digestive system and overall health. Studies also have shown that high-fiber foods may have other heart-health benefits, such as reducing blood pressure and inflammation. Helps control blood sugar levels.
What does fufu do to your body?
Like many traditional West African ingredients and dishes, fufu has immense health benefits: Not only is it low in cholesterol, it is rich in fiber, potassium and resistant starch, which feeds the beneficial bacteria in your gut and may help reduce inflammation and promote digestive health.
Alternative Names For Fufu
In other West African languages it may be called Fufuo, foufou, foofoo, foutou, sakora sakoro, couscous de Cameroun