Corn –a Staple Food in Mali

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Corn, millet and rice are three of the staple foods in Mali.  The corn (maize) crops are planted in May and the harvest begins in September.   Here are a few pictures I took in November of another year that show the corn drying.

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Corn Mali

The corn is either pounded into meal by hand (mortar and pestle) or taken to a village grinding machine.  This woman is drying her meal in the sun.

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Here is how the corn is cooked and made into porridge for eating.  If it’s served in the morning, it’s often sweetened.  If it’s served mid-day or evening it might be salted.

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These children are enjoying their corn porridge for lunch!

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Author: Ann Laemmlen Lewis

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