- A Ghanaian scientist, Patterson Osei Bonsu, has developed an innovative fufu pounding pestle
- The aim is to help reduce the number of plant species harvested purposely to pound fufu in the country
- Patterson Osei Bonsu was formerly with the Crops Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Ghana
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A Ghanaian scientist, Patterson Osei Bonsu, has developed an innovative fufu pounding pestle to help reduce the number of plant species harvested purposely to pound fufu in the country.
Patterson Osei Bonsu, formerly of the Crops Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, produced the fufu pounding pestle to also increase the shelf life of pestles.
For now, his innovative fufu pestle has been adopted on a very small scale within the Kwamo township in the Ejisu Municipality in the Ashanti region.
Osei Bonsu needs partners to produce it in commercial quantity for the open market to help protect the forest and the environment.
Research scientists at the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana have disclosed that one of the plant species is getting extinct due to some factors with the harvesting for conversion into pestle as one of the main reasons, according to gbcghanaonline.com.
Fufu is one of the main traditional meals of the Akan people especially the Asantes, which involves the pounding of boiled cassava and plantain or cocoyam into a soft fine texture using the pestle and mortar, both made from wood.
Whilst there have been technologies to replace the pestle and mortar in preparing fufu in recent times to take away the drudgery of physically pounding fufu, the indigenous people have rejected these technologies, claiming that the traditional energy-sapping and time-consuming method of physically pounding fufu, is not only the most acceptable means, but also gives the most preferred texture and taste.
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Watch Patterson Osei Bonsu interview with GBC News as he explains the materials he used for his innovative fufu pounding pestle.
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Source: Yen Newspaper