Food Culture in Sierra Leone
The majority of Sierra Leoneans snack on fruits, seafood, and cassava daily. The Main staple is rice. They consider a real meal rice with sauce and a source of protein such as peanuts, cassava, fish, beef, or chicken. The most common dish is ground nut stew, which is stew made from peanuts, meat, tomatoes, and onions. At ceremonies they eat huge portions of rice until they can no longer eat anymore. On some occasions Sierra Leoneans eat the bones of chicken, fish, and beef because of the sweet marrow on the inside once they get past the brittle outer layer. Along the streets there are mangos, oranges, pineapples, and papayas. Many visitors that have a meal in Sierra Leone have positive feedback and recommend to eat there but beware of the risk of stomach problems from poor hygiene practices. Most meals and snacks are spicy and healthy, keeping the civilians in good shape when food is available.
There is a small scale market and trade in Sierra Leone. They farm cash crops including coffee, cocoa, peanuts, and tobacco. They trade with China, South Africa, UK, US, and India but the civil war has negatively impacted the economy and they are still recovering from it.
More than a fifth of the Sierra Leone population is undernourished. 43 percent of the population was food insecure in 2015. This down fall was caused by the civil war destroying land and infrastructure. Another factor is the Ebola outbreaks. They are beginning to build up the economy and agriculture.
|Girl in Sierra Leone eating ground nut soup over rice. The most commonly eaten dish.|