There’s a popular saying in Nigeria: “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Do you agree with that saying? By the way, who doesn’t love a great meal, especially when someone cooks it for you? Different regions in Nigeria have great foods peculiar to their regions that have been enjoyed for decades. This article will highlight the healthy foods of Delta and Edo States in the Niger-Delta region.
Traditionally, the various cuisines of Africa use a combination of locally available fruits such as, cereal grains and vegetables. Some other regions in Africa also feature milk and meat products in their meals. In some parts of the continent, the traditional diet features an abundance of milk, curd and whey products.
When it comes to quality, a new study has found that West African diet is healthier than the diets of many other places on the planet. A typical West African meal is made with starchy items and can contain meat, fish as well as various spices and herbs. A wide array of staples are eaten across Nigeria, including fufu, tuwo, starch, and garri.
Join me to explore some of the popular healthy delicacies of Delta and Edo States. Have you tasted any or all of these ones?
Some Delta State Dishes
Banga soup and starch – one of the most popular traditional foods in Delta State. The soup is prepared from fresh palm nut fruits. The oil and water extracted from the boiled palm nut fruits are used in preparing the soup. You can use fresh fish, Dried Fish, Bushmeat, or Cow meat. But dried fish is mostly preferred for traditional or cultural events.
Ogwo Soup and Starch – one of the most passionate food eaten in traditional settings in Delta State. Dried Fish, dried or smoked bush meat, or dried or smoked cow meat are used to prepare this dish. But dried fish is mostly preferred for traditional marriages. Boiled yam and black plantain are often used to eat the Ogwo soup. The quality and importance of the food easily make it one of the most popular traditional foods in Delta State. Boiled yam and black plantain also can be used to eat the Owo soup.
Hot Banga Rice – one of the most sort after foods in Delta State. This dish is made from water and oil that is extracted from palm nuts and rice. Banga rice is prepared differently, compared to the conventional Jollof rice. It is always in high demands and one of the most cooked delicacies in most ceremonies or events.
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Some Edo State Dishes
The Bini Owo soup – a truly traditional soup of the people of Edo State. It is a delicacy enjoyed by the people of Benin, Delta, Itsekiri, Ijaw, Isoko. Being easy to prepare, it can be eaten with Yam, Plantain, Sweet potatoes, and Boiled bananas. Some of the ingredients include Dried or Smoked fish, Goat meat or assorted meat, dried prawns, and fresh tomatoes.
Black Soup – a delicacy of the Esan people of Edo State. It’s a rich herby soup with a delicate balance of aromatic flavours. There are three basic leaves for making this delicious soup: Bitterleaf, Utazi and Efinrin. These leaves are actually ground together and added to the palmnut cream (Banga), Smoked and dried fish variety, and beef or goat meat. It is best served with earthenware plates, and this gives it a very local appeal.
Groundnut Soup (Omisagwe) – a favourite dish of the Esans and Esakos. Besides, the Akan people of Ghana also consume this delicacy and they call it Nkatenkwan. Groundnut soup is a perfect blend of sweet and savoury. Smoked fish, stock fish, assorted meats and 2 types of leaves are used to prepare this dish.
Indeed, the healthy foods of Delta and Edo States are delightful dishes to be enjoyed by everyone! Have you ever enjoyed one or more of these healthy delicacies?
These are just some of the delicacies peculiar with the Delta and Edo people of the Niger Delta. There are others not included here and I believe people from other regions of Nigeria may have tasted some of these delicacies. So I ask: which of these healthy foods of Delta and Edo State people have you tasted before? Please share your experiences with us in the comments section below.