"The Music" Dawadawa + Herbs
Across West Africa, people love the funk of fermented foods. Dawadawa (AKA iru, netetou, or soumbala) is fermented locust bean––actually the seeds of a pod from a drought-resistant tree. The result? A flavor bomb that packs a nutrient-dense, probiotic punch. It brings a deep umami, satisfying flavor to any dish.
Grown and revered across West Africa for over 5,000 years, fonio is gluten-free, nutritionally dense, rich in important minerals and amino acids, and has a low glycemic index. Fonio is a gluten-free, quick cooking, versatile grain that has been grown and revered across West Africa for over 5,000 years.
The grain is tiny when raw but expands over 4x when cooked. this pilaf is light and fluffy and is especially good with grilled fish or chicken, with salads and vegetables, or in a veggie burger.
Yolélé was founded in 2017 to create economic opportunity for smallholder farming communities; to support biodiverse, regenerative, and resilient food systems; and to share Africa’s ingredients and cuisines with the world.
Yolélé is changing conditions for rural West African smallholder farmers. This population is among the world’s most vulnerable. Simply buying more of West Africa’s oldest cereal grain helps to alleviate extreme poverty, but they go a step further to truly transform communities in the West African Sahel.
They are connecting smallholder farmers—mainly women—with local and global markets so they can support themselves from agriculture while increasing food sovereignty in the region. They are also creating a market for traditional crops grown under these resilient farming systems to foster a more biodiverse, drought-tolerant landscape across West Africa. Devoting more land to this kind of farming has the potential to regenerate and re-green the Sahel.
- 10 oz resealable bag
- Approximately 4 servings per bag
- Vegetarian, Vegan
- Non GMO, Gluten Free
- No additives or preservatives
- All natural, No artificial anything
- By Yolélé / Shipped from the USA
Ingredients: fonio, salt. Contains 2% or less of: onion, locust bean powder, spices, sunflower oil dried yeast, garlic, scallions, mushrooms, baobab leaf powder.
~ Available for Local Next Day Delivery | Not eligible for return once opened
Yolélé is a Fulani term of exuberance used in West and Central Africa. It roughly translates to “Let the Good Times Roll” (or, like in New Orleans, “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!”). People shout out “Yolélé!” to get parties started and people dancing.
The Fulani people are the world’s largest nomadic group, living across government-drawn country lines. Like the Fulani, Yolélé aspires to transcend borders, bringing African culture to all.
Here are some ideas to try:
- Seared Sea Bream with Okra & Afro-Funk Pilaf
- Afro-Funk Pilaf with Chickpeas & Pomegranate
- Frittata with Spinach, Tomato & Afro-Funk
- See BON! for recipe inspirations (coming soon)