Home to over 1,000 different ethnic groups, each with their own unique cultures, traditions, and recipes, West Africa is a mecca of culinary diversity. From Nigeria and Ghana to Senegal and Benin, West African cuisine is incredibly diverse in flavors, textures, colors, and smells. Distinct techniques and food practices have been passed down for generations. And food is often the centerpiece of countless life celebrations from marriages to graduations at more.
While these foods and culinary traditions have long been celebrated by their communities, West African food is only recently making its way onto the global stage — and we are here for it! Jollof rice, fufu, and suya are now known across social media and popular culture. We are seeing African chefs and dishes featured in viral TikTok trends, like the fufu challenge, and on global cooking shows like Top Chef, Beat Bobby Flay, and Pressure Cooker.
However, despite its growing popularity, cooking West African cuisine can still feel daunting for those unfamiliar with the ingredients and preparation techniques. Chefs, entrepreneurs, and food lovers are addressing this challenge by sharing their knowledge in classes, books, and businesses that bring African food to the limelight. Below is a rundown of some brands helping to simplify West African cooking.
passionately brings West African ancient grains, particularly fonio from Senegal, to the modern table in an array of products. Their product collection, including fonio chips, fonio pilaf, spice rubs, dip mixes, Senegalese cuisine cookbooks, and merchandise, rekindles the connection to these grains’ history.
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