You can find pretty much everything at the street market. A standard feature not just in Accra but all over West Africa, the street market is where the home cho preparations begin.
Affordable and negotiable, the market is where folks go to get those natural ingredients. For instance, many different varieties of tree bark are sold in the market for medicinal purposes. Sometimes they are mixed with bitters or boiled in water and served to prevent or treat common illnesses ranging from colds to malaria to infertility.
The Nima Market is smaller and less crowded than other popular Accra markets. Our team recently visited the market and snapped these cool fotos. Scroll down to see some foodstuff commonly seen in markets in Accra.
THE SPICE MARKET
West African meals are all about spice – kowε, nutmeg, melegueta pepper, kola nut, dawadawa, curry, ginger, garlic, momone, thyme, prekεsε, and African bird pepper, among many others – and most are sold pre-made in the markets. Most soups and stews require the careful addition of unique spice blends for a kick in flavor. Spices is also important for seasoning couscous, jollof rice, beef, chicken, fish and seafood.
Coco yam is a tuber food. It’s a basic food found in every market in Accra. Just like yam it can be boiled or fried and served with any type of sauce or stew.
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This distinct snack is made of nkatia [groundnuts], pepper and spices fried into a crisp and crunchy circle.
Want more street food chronicles? Stay tuned to the blog for more Accra cho spots.