Igbo cuisine

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Igbo cuisine is the various foods of the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria. Their cuisine includes the dishes, recipes and types of vegetables, meats and fruits that have shaped their food culture. Igbo food as in the case of all cultures has been considerably affected by their environment and history.

One of the most important vegetables in Igbo cuisine and in the Igbo culture in general is the yam tuber. This is considered the Igbo staple crop and has been dedicated deities such as Njoku Ji, the yam god. Igbo cuisine includes other vegetables such as Pumpkin seed, used to make a soup called Egusi, Bitter leaf which is made into a soup and Okra, of which its name stems from the Igbo language.