On Wednesday 19th September Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency (GCDA) is being featured at the Pod in Market Hall, Borough Market as they become the first UK business to import fully traceable, high quality cassava flour into the UK, in order to help create a sustainable future for female farm workers in West Africa.
Cassava is an edible root commonly grown in the tropics and is naturally gluten free. It can be stored safely in the field and harvested when needed, which means it is grown by a huge number of small farmers across Africa, many of whom are women.
GDCA, along with experts from the Natural Resources Institute at University of Greenwich, hope that by raising awareness of cassava, our purchasing power can help make a real social impact to these women and their surrounding communities.
GCDA has donated several kilos of High Quality Cassava Flour to London food entrepreneurs who have been working on creative ways of using it in their dishes, as well as several Borough Market traders who will be experimenting with this product on the day. There will be baked goods, Indian street food and chocolate to try on the day, as well as small sacks of cassava flour for you to get your hands on. A handful of Borough Market traders will be experimenting with cassava in their dishes and there is also a special one off cookery demonstration running next to the Pod, which will show you just how this new product can be used as a delicious ingredient, inspiring home cooks and chefs alike. Lock Side Kitchen will be cooking Putu Ayu (steamed cassava and coconut cake) and Dadar Gulung (cassava and coconut pancake rolls) while Café Spice will make Onion & Broccoli cassava Bhajias and Spinach & Cassava Dosa stuffed with Paneer and Peppers.
So what are you waiting for? Stop by the Pod in the Market Hall, Borough Market from 11am-3pm and catch the cooking demonstration between 1-2.30pm.