Food in Ghana
Once we had gotten used to our new diet, Memena cooked us fufu. This is a traditional dish in Ghana that contains yams and water. Yams are boiled and then pounded in a bowl with a large wooden rod. This is a two-person job; one person pounds the yams while the other adds water and keeps the mixture moving between the pounding motions. The product was a sticky, rubbery and dense starch ball that you’d pick apart and dip into one of the sauces provided. The flavor came from what the fufu was dipped into, but since these sauces were usually spicy, whimps like me usually dipped it in the ground nut sauce.
One thing the travel team missed was fresh produce! Since fruits and veggies could be washed with contaminated water, we were advised to avoid them. On a few special occasions, fruits with a peel or coating were given as dessert. We were treated with cut pineapple, bananas and delicious mangoes!