Muffins recipes

National dish of Equatorial Guinea

flag of Equatorial Guinea

  • Independence: 12. 10. 1968
  • Capital: Malabo
  • Official language: Spanish
  • Population: 736 296
  • Area: 28 050 km2
  • International code: GQ
  • Currency: Central African CFA franc (XAF)
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  • 1 cup butter, divided
  • 2 cups fresh lima beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 4 ears fresh corn kernels, cut from the cob
Succotash is national food (dish) of Equatorial Guinea


Melt 1/2 cup butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in lima beans and salt, and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan heat tomatoes, sugar and remaining 1/2 cup butter. Cook until tomatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Stir tomatoes into lima beans and add corn; cook 10 minutes more.


Succotash is such a dish. Made of Corn and Lima beans stewed in tomatoes, succotash is a hearty protein and starch sufficient “meal-in-one” or single pot dish. This dish is found in many parts of Africa and has also migrated to areas with large populations of ex-patriated (many against their will) Western African people. It is made throughout the Southern US for instance and is considered a respectable part of Southern Cuisine alongside classics like Fried Chicken, Hoppin’ John and Pickled Vegetables, of which many dishes find their roots in Western Africa. Whereas it might be considered a side dish in the US, it would frequently be a main course in areas of poverty. It’s nutritious and flavorful nature make it a favorite and national dish in Equatorial Guinea.  ”Beans and grains have a symbiotic relationship in which the amino acids of each complement one another in such way as to form a complete protein, which is the foundation for the growth and development of many life forms, including humans.”

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