Ancestral Cooking Forum
African roots of Gumbo (okra)
Great idea for a forum!
I have always been fascinated by the retention of both African and indigenous names for foods we eat.
Gumbo, or quimbombo in Spanish, or quingombo in Portuguese is actually a Bantu term.
Would love to read of other such retentions.
I have a list of familiar food terms derived from Africa or indigenous groups. Does anyone have more to add?
Sorry can't cite original source of the following (but several sites have the same list:
goober (peanut) -- Bantu -guba
The slave trade brought many new words from the Caribbean:
From the Indians of Mexico, we adopted many other words, some through Spanish and others directly:
avocado -- Nahuatl ahuacatl