A field was planted by a friend in Abo, Littoral region, two years ago, and finally the cassava roots were harvested in November/December 2010 (a warm and dry time of the year). Our very trusted friend Guérin supervised and participated in the harvest and the making of Gari from beginning to end, and sent us photographs of the process.
|Cassava in the field|
|Cassava and bags transported to the main road|
(left to right) Piling cassava roots at loading area; filling the truck; unloading
|Peeling the roots; the drying area; putting the peeled roots into bags|
|Grinding; sifting/soaking; drying|
|Drying in the sun; finished Gari; bagging for the market|
After the bags of finished Gari were filled, they were sold at the market in Sousa, about an hour away from Douala. This tiny venture created a few temporary jobs, at least!
|Sousa Food Market|
Our Latin/Caribbean-American community here in the United States enjoys Yuca fries, and Cassava bread is made in the Dominican Republic. Leaves are used in stews similarly to spinach. More is found about other countries' uses on the Wikipedia page.