Tongan food is is made up of foods from the land and the sea. Tongan people are hunter and gatherers of land and sea.
Because of Tonga's beautiful tropical weather, we have allot of rain and sunshine. This type of weather environment is perfect for cultivation.
The soil has deposits of volcanic ash, this contributes to a very fertile soil. A lot of land Tongan foods are made up of different root crops, it's a substitute for your common potatoes.
DIFFERENT ROOT CROPS: All root crops are cooked by boiling water or by traditional underground oven (a Umu) and is usually sauced with Coconut cream.
There is 2 types of Sweet potatoes (kumala
In Tongan cultural Yam (Ufi) is considered the most valuable root crop out of all the root crop family, not because of it's taste but because of it being the most difficult (Labour intensive) root crop to plant and maintain.
There is 8 types of Yam (Ufi)
Tapioka is what people in the western countries would be familiar with as "Tapioka" or "Tapioka pudding". But this is the actual root crop, straight out of the ground.
How you would see this Tapioka in western countries, is in supermarkets in small plastic bags with allot of small white balls inside. These white balls are then made into Tapioka pudding.
There are 3 types of Taro (Talo) in Tongan food, the leafs of these root crop are also used for food as well, not only the root. The Taro leaf is used to wrap other foods in as well. It works as a protection covering of the food inside it, before being lowered into a traditional underground oven, then once it is cooked you can eat the taro leaf covering and the different additional food inside. Usually the food inside would be a meat of some sort example, chicken, fish, beef, sauced in with coconut cream, onions and tomatoes.
A lot of these Tongan fruits are seasonal, so we eat with the seasons.
Paw paw (Lesi) - The black seeds of this fruit is also used as a medicine for stomach problems.
2nd way - When the coconut falls from the tree onto the ground, on it's own accord and it has been lying on the ground for a while it starts to slowly degrade over time and then starts to dry up. This can also be eaten at this stage, with a different taste and texture. But it has less juice in it and the flesh has gone harder (crunchy and drier) This stage of the coconut is what most westerners are familiar with.
Also at this stage the harder drier coconut flesh can be scraped out with a coconut scraper/shaver and then these shavings are collected to a substantial amount, then the shavings are put into a coconut husk siv and then manually squeezed to get the coconut cream out of the coconut shavings. This is not the coconut juice. This is coconut cream (loloi niu)
3rd way - The coconut is the actual seed of the coconut tree and when the coconut has been sitting on the ground for quite a long time it starts to put roots into the ground and starts to sprout into a new young coconut tree.
Even at this sprouting seed stage the coconut can be eaten in Tongan food, in a different way and it has a different taste and texture. The juice has totally disappeared from the center of the coconut and turned into a seed with a moist pavalova texture, this can be eaten as well with a very strong coconut flavor.
Telie (Indian almond)
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Tongan food is is made up of foods from the land and the sea. Tongan people are hunters and gatherers of land and sea.
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