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Where Did Garri Originate From? by Mariangeles: 2:34pm On Apr 30
Recently, my sister asked me what language is eba?
I thought about the question for some seconds and answered I think it's Yoruba language.
Then, she asked again what then is the Igbo name for eba?
I paused, gave it some thoughts, then answered utara. (You'd relate if you grew up in the southwest)
Then it occurred to me that in most part of Igbo land, garri is not that common.
In Igbo land, it is more common to hear utara akpu for pounded cassava meal, utara ji for pounded yam meal, and utara ede for pounded cocoyam meal, but there's almost no such term as utara garri .

So, it got me wondering....

Where did garri originate from?
What region created it first?
Who knows the history of this wonderful staple that has been saving the lives of Nigerians since time immemorial? grin
Who can trace it's history?
I know of garri Ijebu
I also know that the people of Delta and Edo states are known for garri production.

In my hometown, garri frying is not common.
My people prefer to turn their cassava to akpu.
I also know the people of Enugu reserve most part of their cassava produce for abacha

So guys, let's connect this link...
Is garri a staple in your hometown?
Re: Where Did Garri Originate From? by greymiles: 2:39pm On Apr 30
Na afonja get am
Na dem like suffer food
Re: Where Did Garri Originate From? by Mariangeles: 2:43pm On Apr 30
greymiles:
Na afonja get am
Na dem like suffer food

Guy! Abeg no start!

Respect garri!
Re: Where Did Garri Originate From? by Kestolove(f): 2:55pm On Apr 30
it originated from idah in Kogi start by the Igala people in the 1907
Re: Where Did Garri Originate From? by obehi247(m): 3:14pm On Apr 30
No so, idah make not even get cassava and always wait for aganegbode to get garri and fufu.

However sha, I miss idah. Lovely place
Re: Where Did Garri Originate From? by Canvass: 3:52pm On Apr 30
Over to the 'Agric major' students.
Re: Where Did Garri Originate From? by ChiefSosa(m): 3:54pm On Apr 30
greymiles:
Na afonja get am
Na dem like suffer food

Re: Where Did Garri Originate From? by Mariangeles: 4:11pm On Apr 30
Canvass:
Over to the 'Agric major' students.


Why did you delete it?
Were you not sure?

It made sense to me though...

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Re: Where Did Garri Originate From? by Nobody: 5:56pm On Apr 30
One theory posits that it originated amongst the Ga people of the Gold Coast.

Another theory holds that it was from the northern parts of Nigeria.



Well... the whole thing also has a foreign and slavery twist to it.

First the Portuguese introduced cassava to West Africa from the eastern parts of South America as far back as the 1500s during the slave trade.

The West Africans didn't know what really to do with the crop until the emancipados(returnee ex-slaves) began to return to West Africa in the 19th century and began to introduce various means of processing the tubers to the West African peoples amongst whom they came to settle.

'Gari' might have resulted from such an exchange.

I pieced all these together from all what I have read all through the years.

The first paragraphs of this particular article seem to buttress my point. Don't get me wrong, I am not putting it forward as an authority of any sorts. It is just an article.

https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.eatdrinklagos.com/the-scoop/2019/12/24/a-short-history-of-a-nigerian-staple-garri-1&sa=U&ved=2ahUKEwjK8OnStKbwAhVOO-wKHbL3BlUQFnoECAUQAg&usg=AOvVaw38Oh6s-RDISvBjlk2Uzk5r

One thing is for sure though, the whole thing isn't really clear enough.

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Re: Where Did Garri Originate From? by Canvass: 6:33pm On Apr 30
Mariangeles:


Why did you delete it?
Were you not sure?

It made sense to me though...

Nairaland, our Nairaland. The only land, apart from Nigeria, where your positive contribution can be turned into the most negative thing due to bigotry and ethnocentrism. If it were Quora, I'd let it stand cos I'm pretty sure but here, right or wrong don't count. Only sentiments.

Thanks anyway.
Re: Where Did Garri Originate From? by Mariangeles: 6:39pm On Apr 30
Canvass:


Nairaland, our Nairaland. The only land, apart from Nigeria, where your positive contribution can be turned into the most negative thing due to bigotry and ethnocentrism. If it were Quora, I'd let it stand cos I'm pretty sure but here, right or wrong don't count. Only sentiments.

Thanks anyway.

Could you please put it back up? It was an interesting read.
Plus, I need as much inputs as possible.
Re: Where Did Garri Originate From? by Mariangeles: 6:40pm On Apr 30
mansakhalifa:
One theory posits that it originated amongst the Ga people of the Gold Coast.

Another theory holds that it was from the northern parts of Nigeria.



Well... the whole thing also has a foreign and slavery twist to it.

First the Portuguese introduced cassava to West Africa from the eastern parts of South America as far back as the 1500s during the slave trade.

The West Africans didn't know what really to do with the crop until the emancipados(returnee ex-slaves) began to return to West Africa in the 19th century and began to introduce various means of processing the tubers to the West African peoples amongst whom they came to settle.

'Gari' might have resulted from such an exchange.

I pieced all these together from all what I have read all through the years.

The first paragraphs of this particular article seem to buttress my point. Don't get me wrong, I am not putting it forward as an authority of any sorts. It is just an article.

https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.eatdrinklagos.com/the-scoop/2019/12/24/a-short-history-of-a-nigerian-staple-garri-1&sa=U&ved=2ahUKEwjK8OnStKbwAhVOO-wKHbL3BlUQFnoECAUQAg&usg=AOvVaw38Oh6s-RDISvBjlk2Uzk5r

One thing is for sure though, the whole thing isn't really clear enough.

Interesting...
Thank you for your contribution.
Re: Where Did Garri Originate From? by Nobody: 7:17pm On Apr 30
Mariangeles:


Interesting...
Thank you for your contribution.

*bows*

You're welcome.

If I lay my hands on anything new, might well post it right here.

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Re: Where Did Garri Originate From? by kaptaintintin(m): 11:21pm On Apr 30
ever heard of ijebu garri?
Re: Where Did Garri Originate From? by Pavore9: 7:47am On May 01
During holidays as a child, when we travelled to the village in the East (near OP's cheesy) I never saw garri being process there as heading to the village we usually buy the garri we will consume there at Umunede (Delta state) and also buy there, when heading back to Lagos.

It was when I moved to Enugu for schooling that I got to experience the processing of garri.

Some regions of Uganda also process
garri

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