Manihot esculenta – Famine Foods

Manihot esculenta


Malawi. Reported used as a famine food. Zanzibar (Pemba Island). After removing the outer peel of the cassava root, the thin outer skin remains. It is washed and then spread out to dry and made into porridge (uji) or meal (ugali). This is called stiri hali: literally “conceal the state of things” i.e. a temporary expedient. meaning that you have to eat it to stay alive.

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