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Sierra Leone Diet: Local Food Names

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Submitted by West Africa Cooks on Sun, 2013-09-08 16:49
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Krio, Mende and Temne

Here is a list of the food names and local names in the Sierra Leone diet.

Food   Local Names  
  Krio Mende Temne
Blackeyed Beans Binch Nyekende E-Tue
Bread Brade Bradie  
Cassava Bread Cassada Brade Cassad Brade Tange Brade
Cassava Farina Gari    
Cassava Foofoo Foofoo    
Chinese Yam Chinese Yam Saine Sie  
Coco Yam Coco Kpoji An-Koko
Avocado Pear Piya Piya Am-Piya
African Apple Apple    
Mango Mango Maguleh A-Mangkoro
Baobab Monkey Brade    
Banana Banana Selei Mabana
Bread Fruit Bredfruit Belefu Ma-Kant-Ma-Potho
Plum Fix Plum    
Grenadilla Gramadilla    
Honey Honey Comie  
Grape Fruit Grape Fruit    
Guava Gweva    
Lemon Lem Lumbei-Nye-Nye Maroki
Orange Orinch    
Pineapple Pineappul Nesi Ananas
Flame Flower Bologie    
Cassava Leaves Cassada Leaf Jaki  
Needle Leaf Shokotoh-Yokotoh    
Lettuce Salad    
Nightshade Ogumo (large leaves) Effodu (small leaves) Kinba  
Sorrel Sawa-sawa Sato Ka-santhor
Spinach Greens Honli Ka-bonthila
Sweet Potato Leaves Peteteh leaf Jolaai  
Paw Paw      
Sour Plum Chuk Chuk Plum    
Plantain Plantin Maani E-santi
Pumpkin Ponkin   Anali
Star-apple Bobby-wata    
Sweet Sop Sweetee Sap    
Ginger Gingah    
Water Melon Watamelow    
Bush Okro Krain Krain Ngenge An-kin-kin
Bitter Leaves Bittas    
Spinach Gambay Bologie    
Borghum Kus Kus Kiti  
Melon Seeds Egusi    
Millet Funday    
Awusa Nut Awusa    
Bambara Groundnut Aparoro    
Cashewnut Kushu Kindi Elil-a-potho
Coconut Koknat Kokonati An-hbara-a-potho
Colanut Cola Toei  
Ginger Nut Kramenti    
Groundnuts Granat Nikili Ma-kanti
Pepper Pehpeh Puje-wawa Ta-gbenbeh
Sweet Potato Sweet peteteh Njowo E-muna
Rice Ress Mbei Wala-Ress
Sesame Seed Benniseed Monday Ogiri
Sugar Cane Suga-ken Nyokoi Ka-gobkang
Sweet Basil Patmanji Pasmanja E-soro
Cucumber Kokumba Kikposi Ma-kokum-ba
Egg Plant Jublox Gbolo Kponigoji
Okra Okra Bonday Ma-lantho
Onions Yabas Yabasie  
Shallot Leaf Yabas Siba An-yaba
Tomato Tamatis Kibongi Ma-thamba
Yam Yams Mbole Yams

Source: Favourite Sierra Leone Recipes by Pamela Greene
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