Wednesday, June 23, 2010
©by Chad FinerThe making of palm oil was quite labor intensive - but almost everything in Sierra Leone required hard work. I came across these folks near the River Moa and near the small village of Vaama Nongowa while on one of my many visits to this area. Here the palm koernel has been "husked" and the oil extracted from it - the woman here is skimming the oil from the top of the water in final preparation. The oil was a rich orange color - and colored the wonderful upland rice that we ate this rich orange color. And it did add an additional rich flavor to our meals. The inner portion of the palm koernels that the Mende had no use for can be seen as dark "nuts" in the baskets on the ground to the right in the photo. These would be bagged and sent off to middlemen who would sell this to the Europeans (overseas) for extraction of another type of oil.
Posted by sl 68-70 at 10:47 AM