Nona Brings Us a Basket of Native Potatoes from Upcountry

Native potatoes delivered from upcountry

Yesterday Omer’s wife, Nona, came from upcountry with the basket of native potatoes that Omer had asked her to bring.  She grows them for own consumption as well as for local sale:

Nona brought down the indigenous potatoes from upcountry

Nona manages the family farm upcountry, crops as well as goats and cattle, while Omer lives and works down here and has put their four children through school in the Bujumbura area.

Chef Richard was delighted, instructing his cooks to boil them in preparation for adding them to a sauce or to beans, as a trial taste-run.  Unfortunately, the kitchen staff cooked them too long; they were soggy and much of the taste was gone.

Uh-oh - Under-cleaned and over-cooked ...

However, what taste was left was quite good and Richard thinks some very nice dishes can be made with them.  So, Nona will send down quite a bit more so that we can plant them and start them in the Contract Farming Project.  They can be featured in the Sunday Buffet as ‘Burundi’s Own Native Potatoes’ (or something like that) – which should be a hit.

Also, if their cultivation is successful, they can be a cheap addition to local diets, by those who will be growing them for the Contract Farming Scheme and for themselves and for local sale.

Then, I was very happy to learn that Nona and her daughter, Elaine, had brought a large cock as a present for me (live) and so in a few days we’ll make a little feast in the village  🙂

Roadrunner rooster for dinner!

Elaine (in the 'baladi' dress) brought the rooster

Elaine, who has recently had her first child (her cousin, in the picture) is very happy to live upcountry in the same area as her mother.  She brought me a live rooster in a box that was tied to the top of the minibus; above picture).


About dianabuja

With a group of BaTwa (pygmy) women potters, with whom we've worked to enhance production and sales of their wonderful pots - fantastic for cooking and serving. To see the 2 blogs on this work enter 'batwa pots' into the search engine located just above this picture. Blog entries throughout this site are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general - reflecting over 35 years of work and research in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!
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One Response to Nona Brings Us a Basket of Native Potatoes from Upcountry

  1. Pingback: INUMPU – Burundi’s Indigenous Potatoes & A Recipe « Dianabuja's Blog

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