Continues to Grow
Meals are a community affair where talking is discouraged. Elders eat first to ensure the food is not spoiled and rice is often rolled into a ball and used to scoop meat and sauces. Once the meal is over a bowl of water is passed around to clean your hands.
Republic of Côte d’Ivoire is the largest exporter / producer of chocolate in the world, but they hardly use the beans in cooking. You may have noticed Divine chocolate bars in the organic section of your grocery store, but the story behind them goes much farther than the beans themselves. Fairfood.org web site has a good guide explaining the challenges with the production chain, how they prioritize the issues, what solutions they have put in place, and what sustainability initiatives are currently underway… including Divine chocolate bars.
Slow cooked chicken and eggplant stew.
Shrimp, meat, and spinach stew that crossed over to the Caribbean as a soup of the same name.
Ivory Coast Halibut (Answers.com)
Fish, pumpkin, coconut, and rice casserole.
Boiled plantain and cassava mashed into balls.