|snacking with banga|
trees are grown. palm nut snacks are also made and enjoyed there. For those in the cities, you may not be familiar with these snacks, unless, if you have traveled down to the village for Christmas Celebrations, New Year, Sallah, Festivals, Funerals and/ Marriage Ceremonies.
They are readily available in villages and plantations.
These were made from the excess and remains of the palm nuts I used for the vegetable banga soup posted here.
After cooking the soup, I "traveled down to the villa with the kids." They loved these snacks and asked for more. Whenever I buy palm nuts for banga soup, I make sure the quantity bought is more than is needed for the soup. That way we get to use the extra for our munchies.
Please o, I know that some of us do not eat oil at all because we are scared of cholesterol. However, remember that this is still natural and unprocessed, with no additives or preservatives. Also remember that the Vitamin A from these palm nuts is very essential for good eyesight ( well, ask your Doctor for more info). Who doesn't want to have bright eyes? Not me abeg. I want even more Vitamin A to make my eyes shine like Torch Light.
May he not let us eat until we belch:) Smaller portions are what our bodies need, every time we eat food. Snacking with (palm nuts) banga is good, cos we are sure no sugar is going in there.
|an empty plate of palm nut snacks|
|roasting palm nuts for snacking|
- palm nuts
- some drops of water
|Palm nuts with kernels|
Procedure for palm nut snacks:
- Put washed palm nuts in the fry pan with some salt
- stir until the pot is dry and the nuts begin to look oily. 20 minutes should be OK.
- Enjoy the roasted palm nuts.
For the extracts you get after cooking banga soup, dry in the sun and let the kids break with stones and eat the coconut like nuts inside. This gives them a feel of their native village while living in the City.
When next you cook banga soup, please don't throw the chaff away, let the kids enjoy. I was taught that every part of a palm tree is useful to man, as such, no part of the palm tree should be wasted.