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What Kind of Food Grows in Madagascar?

Summer Series 1 - Week 4

We've now learned about how many different species and wildlife lives in Madagascar, but what about food? Are there interesting food or products grown here?

1. Rice is hands down the biggest crop that is produced in Madagascar taking up over half of the land that is farmed in Madagascar.

2. Cassava, which is a root like vegetable that is packed with Vitamin C and other nutrients, and is sometimes referred to as Yuca within the United States.

3. Sweet Potatoes

4. Fresh vegetables like potatoes, corn, cauliflower, greens, and other varieties.

5. Fresh fruit like bananas, guavas, pineapples, and papayas.

6. Legumes like beans.

7. Spices like vanilla and cloves, as well as sugarcane.

8. Cocoa, as we've seen with the other countries that we have traveled to this summer, cocoa, like coffee, thrives in the heat, so the hot climate of Madagascar is a perfect home for these crops.

Now that we know what grows in Madagascar, we thought it would be fun to do a recipe highlight for a popular dinner dish. Most dishes contain stewed meat and vegetables and are served over rice, a plentiful and abundant crop in Madagascar. We've included a video, followed by our favorite recipe of Romazava to give you a better understanding of the traditional dishes served in Madagascar, and what Malagasy people enjoy everyday with their families.

Recipe Highlight:

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