25 February 2020


Mystery vegetable revealed

Although I said I had posted my last blog for the trip, Dave kindly reminded me to reveal the answer to the mystery veg. The Gambians call it a bitter tomato as it looks like a standard to large unripe tomato. It isn't a tomato, though, its an aubergine , but it is indeed very bitter. It forms an essential additions to such dishes as benachin. Attempts to grow this in the UK have failed, but for those who like the taste of The Gambia there is a variety of aubergine called Turkish Orange, which has a very similar taste and bitterness. We grew it very successfully last year, both in a greenhouse and on the patio in pots. You can get the seeds from Amazon and eBay


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