In rural areas, food staples such as cassava, rice and yams are commonly used. Meats, when available, include chicken and fish, and bush meats such as antelope, wild boar and monkey. Sauces are often utilized, with hot red pepper berbere paste used commonly.Fruits include bananas, papayas, guavas, mangoes, pineapples, coconuts, avocado and peanuts.Plantains, tomatoes, corn, and eggplant are also used.
Common foods and dishes
Atanga, a firm fruit that is boiled and often used as a spread on bread. Atanga is sometimes called "bush butter."
Beignets, a deep fried pastry, are very common.
Dried meats, particularly in rural areas
Fufu, a dish made from pounded cassava
Nyembwe, chicken with pine nuts
Mustard chicken with garlic, onions and lemon juice
Congo Chewies (originated in Congo, served as desert)
Baked bananas, coated with bread crumbs and served with sour cream and brown sugar
Gari, a cassava flour prepared as a porridge
Plantains, whole, crushed and mashed