May 22, 2024

Ghanaian journalist and former Member of Parliament for Kumbungu constituency in the Northern Region, Ras Mubarak has said frogs are edible and are consumed by Kumbungu and many ethnic groups in Ghana.

He said frogs are proven to be rich in minerals like protein, vitamin A & Potassium.

According to him, the people of Kumbungu are not the only people who eat frogs in the world.

He mentioned French, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Koreans, Italians, Thai, Greek, South Africans, some Americans in the South, Cambodians, Indonesians and a host of others in Asia, and Europe as countries who also eat frogs.

His comment comes after the King of Kumbungu presented a gift of frog meat to Chef Failatu Abdul Razak during her Coo-A-Thon in Tamale.

“Yes we eat frogs in Kumbungu. And we are not alone in the world. The French, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Koreans, Italians, Thai, Greek, South Africans, some Americans in the South, Cambodians, Indonesians and a host of others in Asia, and Europe.” Ras Mubarak said.

“While other countries even export it, those of us from Kumbungu have rather been coy about our love for frog meat.

They are proven to be rich in minerals like protein, vitamin A & Potassium. There are about 7,500 species of frogs. Before you start catching frogs in your backyard for the pot, I must caution you and make the point forcefully. not every frog is edible – some frogs are poisonous.” The former lawmaker explained.

“And for those that are edible, in places like the US, Turkey, France and Indonesia, they eat only the legs. They are as tasty as chicken wings.”

Read Ras Mubarak reaction below.

We Eat Frogs.

Do you eat frogs in Kumbungu? That was a question from my youngest wife, who drew my attention to frogs being served at Abdul Razak Faila’s cook-a-thon.

Before I could even answer, calls started coming in from friends and a section of the media.

Yes we eat frogs in Kumbungu. And we are not alone in the world. The French, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Koreans Italians, Thai, Greek, South Africans, some Americans in the South, Cambodians, Indonesians and a host of others in Asia, and Europe.

While other countries even export it, those of us from Kumbungu have rather been coy about our love for frog meat.
They are proven to be rich in minerals like protein, vitamin A & Potassium. There are about 7,500 species of frogs. Before you start catching frogs in your backyard for the pot, I must caution you and make the point forcefully. not every frog is edible – some frogs are poisonous.

And for those that are edible, in places like the US, Turkey, France and Indonesia, they eat only the legs. They are as tasty as chicken wings.

Thanks to the kind donation of cash amount, food items and a bucket of frogs by HRM the King of Kumbungu, towards Faila’s cook-a-thon, local media is beginning to show interest in a local delicacy that’s been eaten by the people Kumbungu for hundreds of years.

For those of us from Kumbungu, the time has come for us to begin to sell the idea that our frogs are not only delicious, but can be eaten by non-natives of kumbungu.

We should go a step further, as part of plans to attract local and foreign tourists to kumbungu, to do an exhibition on frogs. Fortunately, the Minister for Tourism is from Kumbungu. There’s the capacity to produce it in large quantities for the local and international markets. If the Chinese, Taiwanese, French and others are exporting frogs for consumption in restaurants around the world, we too can do it in Kumbungu.

By Ras Mubarak
Accra.

Source: Elvisanokyenews.com

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