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Yam paired with meat and peanut sauce is sure to satisfy.
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Benin is a strip of land in West Africa flanked by Togo and Nigeria. French is the official language, which hints at the country’s cuisine. The food of Benin differs in the northern and southern regions: in the north you'll find yam, often paired with pork, chicken or beef. Yams are usually pounded and served with various sauces, such as sauce d’arachide, a peanut sauce. Similar to other African cuisines, couscous, rice and beans have a significant presence in the diet of the Beninois.

In the south of the country corn is the staple food, and many dishes are made with corn flour. Akassa is a traditional food made from cornmeal and wrapped in leaves. Fruits such as mangoes, oranges, guavas, pineapples and bananas are abundant in the south of Benin.

In Benin, as in many other African countries, it is important to be familiar with the customary dining etiquette. You should never use your left hand, as this gesture may insult locals. Everything should be eaten using only your right hand, which is considered the clean hand. —Alexandra Menglide


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