MATOBOLWA: INDIGENOUS SUN DRIED PRESERVED SWEET POTATO MASH
Matobolwa (or matoborwa) are cooked sun dried sweet potatoes which can be preserved for a very long time. It is a traditional and indigenous ( and ingenious!) way of food preservation without any chemicals or food preservation additives - a glorious sun filled way of preserving sweet potatoes after harvesting (where there is plenty of harvest but no storage facilities). The matobolwa are then stored and usually boiled when needed and served with tea for breakfast. It is a fast free colourful bowl full of goodness, packed with energy and nutrition. So grab your fork and trek with us to Tabora, Tanzania in East Africa, where matobolwa is in season, all season!
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR OWN MATOBOLWA (PRESERVED SUN DRIED SWEET POTATOES)
In the villages, this is usually prepared during the harvest season when sweet potatoes are plentiful (but the locals lack storage facilities).
1) Although Matobolwa is an acquired taste, it is a delicacy among certain tribes in Tanzania, East Africa. It is traditionally only boiled with water but if you like, you can add other ingredients to spice it up.