Word of Mouth: Bammy

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Bammy n. Jamaican flatbread made out of cassava.

Bammy is a traditional food in Jamaica that has recently seen a resurgence in popularity. It's traditionally served with fish, and the locals still say that nothing goes better with fish than a bammy. They are made from cassava, or yuca, root, which is peeled and grated like a potato, then pressed and drained to remove the cyanide-containing juice. The grated cassava is mixed with salt, formed into cakes, soaked in coconut milk and fried until golden and crispy. Check out a story here about the revival of bammy production and consumption - cassava farmers were struggling with cassava's decline in popularity in the face of increasing wheat consumption in Jamaica, but local cooperatives producing bammy bread have helped resurrect both cassava farming and this traditional speciality.

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