People around the world are growing increasingly aware of African Cuisine and it’s purity and benefits to health. Unfortunately whilst this is happening, Africans are buying into the idea that their food is not healthy, tasty or worthy of being put up on a pedestal. Instead they are turning to inferior and highly processed commercial foods and imports from the West. Sadly, if we don’t celebrate the riches of our culture and secrets of the local ingredients we select to make our traditional foods, someone more powerful will come along, scoop it up and mark up the price a hundredfold that we can no longer afford our regular humble chops.
I recently discovered that Dr Oz has got excited about something that West Africans have known and guarded stubbornly for centuries. Over the years palm oil has been dubbed evil, unethical and unhealthy, but let us not get it twisted. Ours is not the bleached type that is destroying forests in Indonesia only to be highly processed, refined and commercialised as vegetable fat in supermarkets across the globe. It is the raw Red Palm Oil as beautiful as burnt orange and these days it has been dubbed as the miracle food. Anti oxidant rich, super boosted in superior quality Vitamin E, it now trumps the glorified olive oil. But… would you buy this **”NEW”** miracle product for $14 per jar????? As much as we love you Dr Oz and friends oooooh, I beg, do not impoverish those who have always had access to this pure burnt orange gold.
We love that our food is starting to be recognised as the elixir of longevity around the world but remember that it was ours first. May we continue to be able to enjoy the simple things that we can get from many a market woman on the streets of Accra or Abuja. Food for the everyday man and woman, may you forever remain within reach, including Zomi Palm Oil, the one my mother always uses. Click here for an inexpensive recipe with palm oil.
Take a look at the video here: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/why-you-should-give-red-palm-oil-try