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Akpu[1] is a popular Nigerian food. Requiring several days to make, akpu is a wet paste made from cassava, often eaten with egusi soup.

Akpu is traditionally made by peeling and washing raw cassava until it is white. Left in water for 3-4 days, the cassava ferments and becomes soft. It is then filtered with a porous calabash or sieve. Excess water is typically and quickly drained by pouring the wet paste into a sack, upon which is placed something heavy and flat (e.g., a plank and brick). The paste is then pounded and molded into large balls and simmered for 30-60 seconds, after which it is thoroughly pounded to remove lumps, molded again into smaller balls, boiled for 10-15 minutes, and then pounded until smooth. [2] It is popular throughout Nigeria, particularly in the south.[3]

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  1. ^ "cassava".
  2. ^ https://www.nigeriagalleria.com. "Akpu Cassava Fufu Recipe:: Nigerian Dishes :: Galleria Health and Lifestyle, Nigeria". www.nigeriagalleria.com. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  3. ^ "cassava".