are the main source of use in cooking foods and for some traditional remedies, though the trees (palm trees) which the are usually obtained from are available in abundance within Africa, their availability did not make the refining and processing of the a common thing in Africa since only a few people have the knowledge of how these were processed and refined to obtain from them.
To make the situation worst the price of has recently increased by 50% such that everyone now sees the need to seek for alternative especially the individuals who cannot afford the prices in the market. In the real African lifestyle it had been in our culture to use for cooking, observation will prove it that about 80% of Africa dishes contain of different quantities in it, therefore no one could say I cannot use to cook because it is very costly in the market rather they would seek for a replacement to the market , and the only option for that is to go for , though the are sold in the market at a very low price when compared to a small bottle of it can still be fetched locally from any nearby palm trees during its season that their start falling down.
The idea of going for the is not bad but the question is, do you know how to process it? Can you be able to refine the fruits and obtain a good quantity of from it? These and many other questions are what you needed to know before taking such decision.
In this article I shall be telling you how to easily buy or obtain , process it, refine it, and obtain a good quantity of from it, below are the steps you need to take:
There are two major ways to obtain the one of them is to buy it directly from the market; while the other is to source it locally in a nearby forest that has palm trees in them.
The initial way is faster and the best option for those dwelling in the cities while the second option is usually the best for those living in the rural areas. But among all, if you know how to process and refine them, it will be cheaper and better if you have someone supplying fresh to you for processing and refining than buying at costly prices in the market.
Using evening to take a walk around the forest having palm trees could be a source of gathering the as they are always seen on the ground just within the bottom of the tree. Their falling occurs when they are ripe and the action of birds and animals climbing the tree cause the ripped fruits to fall off to the ground.
WASH AND STEAM BOIL THE
This is the next stage, which is very simple just gather all the fruits inside a bow, the bad ones and the wash them properly with cold water and small quantity of salt, then rinse twice before pouring them into pot for cooking, depending on the size of the pot and the quantity of in it the cooking can take up to one hour, but the best way to know if the are ready for next stage is by bring out about two or three of with a spoon and chew them one after the other if the tastes do not give any sign of raw taste.
Then the water in the pot will be poured out while the will be poured in a wooden mortar and pound with a pestle for about 20mins until all the skins have been peeled off and the whole parts of the fruits have been properly ground by the pestle. The will be poured out into a bowl and squeeze severally with hands and addition of warm water until the only visible part of the is the chaff of the skin and the kernel seeds inside the . After that, pour the whole content together into a sieving bow that can allow the water contained in the squeezed through the bowl, squeeze the in the bowl to ensure all the water escape into the collecting bowl below the sieving bow that has small holes beneath it, repeat this stage with another warm water up to three times until the reddish color that they possess turn to yellowish leaving no trace of liquid and softened parts of the .
The whole water gathered together after the sieving process is poured into a pot for boiling.
The water collected and poured into a pot for boiling after the sieving process, will be placed on a stove to boil for another longer period such that its yellow color will start disappearing over some time, and during this stage the pot should be removed from the heating stove and the whole content is allowed to cool.
After the cooling process, the red in the content will float to the top covering the entire pot surface, next is to separate the red from the ordinary water in it.
To separate the red , you will gradually pour the content into another bowl until the whole red oil has been collected.
If any difficulty is experienced while doing it, you can boil the content again or repeatedly and the red floating on its surface until no trace of the oil is seen on the surface of the remaining content. Nevertheless, the remaining content is not just ordinary water but still have lots of molecules mixed with it so many people use it to cook soup without even using the main red they obtained.
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