FUFU – a Ghanaian manna.

who was that fellow that first saw a cassava plant and thought there must be something good below ground. I mean, a cassava plant doesn’t even have fruits, nothing about the plant to attract you. The leaves don’t give any inkling of the goodies hidden…d

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Right after eating this really big bowl of fufu I got thinking–who was that fellow that first saw a cassava plant and thought there must be something good below ground. I mean, a cassava plant doesn’t even have fruits, nothing about
the plant to attract you. The leaves don’t give any inkling of the goodies hidden down under. That person whether by divine guidance or what, went right on to not cut down the plant, but actually harvest the roots (divine intervention)..

You must be thinking me silly at this point.. but no hold on..of the myriad ways in which “Bankye” can be prepared for consumption, that fellow goes on to boil the cassava. Note!! not roast it, fry it or eat it raw (in my undivine head, my
very mundane brain tells me only a really hungry person will see a cassava plant and think its edible.. eating it uncooked will be the first thing to come to mind, you just have to be hungry enough). Them not eating it raw proves divine intervention.

After boiling, they don’t eat it right away but decide to pound it first. You are hungry.. the cassava is cooked, it smells good..  I mean why pound it–(mash up your food with a “log” and a tree “stump” — what else could they have pounded with, remember this is the prototype fufu). Again, them not eating it raw proves divine intervention.

With the pounding too, they dont just pound the cassava, they go on to add PLANTAIN and know to sweat a little into the resultant mixture to give it that one of a kind taste that FUFU POWDER lacks. No ofense to lovers of that.. but come on, that’s not fufu, calling it that is a sacrilege.. Kokonte 2.0 is a much more befitting name.. add a little kokonte next time you are short of fufu powder and you will see what I mean –  NO CHANGE IN TASTE. And yes I tried it

Back to business..With the preparation of the fufu over, why didn’t they just grind some pepper and jam to that mixture..
HELL NO!! it has to be with soup. Not just one kind of soup, they had to come up with options like Nkatekonto..
Nkateb3..Aponkye Nkrakra  (a crowd favorite)… too many to list here. Why soup though why soup.

Thinking through the whole process, you realize there were many instances when the discoverer of fufu could have given
up — *finding a stump to pound on… *the right plantain type (imagine if they had used an overly ripe one).. *ridicule from fellow townsmen.
Yes ridicule — hear me out.. its a long long time ago  in the past, and your people just migrated to a new location. In this new place; game is easy to find, water is present, the women are there, fruits are plentiful — and this one man (fufu discoverer) decides to go through all that hassle to get a meal.. compared to him, Noah would have had it easy.

At this point, please do go out and get yourself a bottle of schnapps, some libation is in order.

Fufu discoverer–Whoever you are, thank you.

Do you doubt the divine nature of fufu now.. whichever individuals came up with our local dishes are culinary geniuses or
lesser gods.. no two ways about it..

Still doubting.. then go eat some fufu.. I recommend with Aponkye Nkrakra.. The other listed soups are for advanced eaters.

PS: I have no proof whatsoever for what I’m about to say but I’ll say it none the less. Fufu and Banku are fraternal
twins.

Author: OsugyaniAbrantie

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5 thoughts on “FUFU – a Ghanaian manna.”

  1. Hilarious! It beats my mind too, y a hungry man will go through all that to eat fufu. Mayb he wasnt hungry enough. Well penned out…i enjoyed every bit of it.

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  2. lol…. i sincerely loved every bit of it, cos i can really relate to it, i vividly remember myself and my sister being very angry at that so called fufu discoverer, cos our folks didn’t want to eat any other meal aside fufu after every Sunday service (we don’t usually eat before church and when we return, we would have to go through the torture of pounding as my daddy will call it ‘TABLET’ lol).. nice piece bro.. cant wait for the next one.

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