Thursday, December 10, 2009

Another Reason Why I Love Living in Nigeria (#2)


Fresh, real peanut butter.
Ingredients: peanuts, nothing else.
Made: in the last couple of days.
Cost: $6.67

Peanuts, which are called "ground nuts" here, are grown in abundance in our state: Plateau State.

I bought this peanut butter at a little market that caters to international customers. I've never known a Nigerian to have a large supply of peanut butter in their home like this, or to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Nigerians often buy a small amount of peanut butter which has been ground up with some hot pepper. Then they dip a raw, bland vegetable called a garden egg or yallo in the peanut butter for a tasty, satisfying snack.

Nigerians eat peanuts for a snack. They also put some of their peanut butter in one of their soups (very tasty!). But probably their greatest use of the peanut is for ground nut oil. Oil is used in nearly every type of cooking here.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love your blog and the little tidbits you share. Are any of your products available for sale in Nigeria? I am a Nigerian based in Europe, and I'd love to have some of your quilts.
Tolu

Mary Beth said...

Tolu, yes, we have a shop in Jos where we have over 50 different types of products for sale. Next time you're in Nigeria, I hope you can stop by for a visit.

Sandi said...

I love your peanut butter too! How big is that container in the picture? About 2 quarts? Or more? Can't wait to have some!

Mary Beth said...

Yep, it's 2 quarts. That's a pretty good deal!

UcheSarah said...

Once Uche found garden eggs in my hometown he started making the peanut butter/pepper combo. He was so happy! My mom tried it once and it almost killed her- I tried to warn her about how hot it would be...

PS (PSanafter-thought) said...

I've never tried cooking with PB, but it sounds interesting. And I love hot food, so maybe I should just mix some PB with some Korean hot pepper sauce and see what happens.

Anonymous said...

Incidentally, I'll be in Nigeria at the end of December, and in Abuja for a few days. Maybe I can organise to somehow pass by Jos. I have never been to Jos, always wanted to visit though.....

Tolu

Mary Beth said...

Tolu, Let me know if it works out to come to Jos. We will be around at that time and our shop will be open. You can email me at info@mashiahfoundation.org. Try to email me soon and then I'll give you a different email because I don't check this email address everyday.