on travel, thoughts, and the art of short fiction

Sweet agriculture

In Mozambique on April 15, 2008 at 11:37 pm

It’s working. Our agriculture project is producing results. All of our trenches have been filled. The earth is being watered regularly so that the soil will decompose and rot to provide healthy fertile earth.

Today in one of our test patches there were sweet potato plants. The little green leaves broke through the earth in stubborn winding clusters.

There is a delicious dish that is made using sweet potato leaves. I hope we will be able to harvest the crops within the month so they can make and serve the dish in the cafeteria.

The dish is called Manioch (sp?) I think and I’m not sure what they do, but they do it well, and the result is a creamy coconut flavored, spicy,  creamed spinach-like meal that is eaten over rice. It’s so good. I’m going to learn how to make it so that I can replicate it when I get home. I appreciate the fact that every part of the plants and vegetables are utilized. I had no idea sweet potato leaves could be eaten. I had no idea they were so tasty.

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