Making Ghana’s garden egg stew

Making Ghana's garden egg stew

Garden egg stew is one of the most popular stews in Ghana. It has the African egg plant commonly known as garden eggs or (known in Ghana as nyadua in the Twi language, s3b3 in Ga, ntrowa in Fanti and Agbitsa in Ewe and solanum aethiopicum in Latin) as its main ingredient. Strictly speaking this egg plant is actually a fruit, but in the preparation of this stew it is used as a vegetable. It is similar to tomatoes in that it has very small edible seeds and a thin outer layer that can be peeled off if need be in cooking the stew. Some prefer to leave the skin on.

The “egg” in garden egg stew comes from the fact that the colour, size and the oval shape of the garden egg is similar to that of an egg. As a food ingredient garden eggs are easy to find in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Senegal and in other countries across Africa. Even though traditionally it is said to bring blessings to those who use it in preparing their dishes, it is now touted  more as a weight loss ‘vegetable’ .

For me the taste of a sumptuously made garden egg stew is what draws me to this egg plant. I grew up having it with either ripe or unripe boiled plantain (In Ghana the unripe boiled plantain is called apim ampesi) or and boiled yam.
In Ghana the garden egg stew and Kontomire stew are often collectively known as “abomu” in Akan areas which is where both meals’ origins can be traced. There is nothing as good as ampesi and garden eggs stew at lunch time or as dinner.

Making Ghana's garden egg stew

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