Countries & Markets of the World in Madagascar: the big island and its natural treasures

Countries & Markets of the World in Madagascar: the big island and its natural treasures

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From Asia, where the majority of its population came from, it has preserved the rice fields, rice being the staple of the Malagasy diet. Madagascar, however, is neither Africa nor Asia: 400 kilometers east of the African coast, in the Indian Ocean, the one nicknamed “the Big Island” may be surrounded by water, above all, it is resolutely turned towards the earth.
Its varied landscapes offer a haven of peace that invites contemplation. Lemurs are the smallest primates in the world and they are endemic to Madagascar.
Victims of deforestation and hunting, they find refuge in parks and private reserves. Direction the region of Vakinankarata to go to the rural market of Behenjy which is on a hill. The locals can only get there on foot and it is the rendezvous that no one wants to miss because it is a place for meetings, exchanges, shopping and bartering.
It is the peasants who bring their crops here. Clothing, tools and of course fruit and vegetables. The products are placed on the floor, but the saleswomen are not lacking in elegance, sometimes protected from the sun by a parasol.
The mufikassé is a biscuit made from milk, it can be sweet or savory. This merchant makes his banana-filled donuts from slices of bread, slices of bread that he then fry. You can find everything in this market which looks like a village outside the real village.

This market is also a cattle fair!

This woman sells pepper seeds. Enough to enhance the taste of dishes that Malagasy prefer spicy.
This market is also a cattle fair!
Pigs, poultry but also cattle with the essential zebus. The zebu is the emblematic domestic animal of Madagascar, it is more valuable than gold or any precious stone.
Its meat is of high quality, very little fat and tasty. Not far from there, we meet craftsmen specializing in the manufacture of blades for knives, bill hooks and machetes. These System D champions operate a bicycle wheel as a fan to heat the embers!
In this happy bazaar that is neither lacking in bright colors nor in smiles, we are now going to discover one of the Malagasy specialties: koba. It’s a huge dessert wrapped in banana leaves.
The trick is to assemble the leaves well before sprinkling sugar and rice flour with pistachios or peanuts. A typical recipe and devilishly caloric if we judge the thickness of this sweet pyramid! To hell with the pounds!
The cakes are baked in these cylinders for at least 24 hours! Gluttony is also nourished by patience …