Friday, 12 February 2016 09:20

Maize - The Choice of the Nation

Maize is one of the basic staple foods eaten across the entire continent of Africa! You will pass huge plantations everywhere on your travels.   Large green stems taller than a person occupying any available piece of earth.

Once it was picked, it was traditionally stored in a huge elevated grain store, or granary.   Maize can be cooked on the cob in many different ways, including being steamed, roasted or boiled. 

To produce the maize flour, firstly remove the kernels from the cob and dry them; then they are sent to the ‘posho’ mill to have the outer husks removed and then finally to be ground into flour.

Maize flour is consumed on a daily basis in most households; for breakfast it is boiled into a runny porridge and drank from a gourd or calabash, the flour is sometimes mixed with other flours such as millet, sorghum or amaranth.

Published in African Food & Drink