The great cultural diversity existing in Gambia developed during the time its cuisine. Many people brought their culinary methods and influenced positively this country cuisine making it unique and incomparably. Traditional vegetables and fruits are a staple to a unique cuisine and can give to any food exquisite tastes. Famous in any African cuisine are the chilli peppers. Gambian cuisine uses the most the pili pili peppers and Scotch Bonnets. Gambia people are said to be using these hot peppers for their cooling effects although this fact might seem a bit weird to anyone. Another specific thing for the Gambia cuisine is the great usage of fish dishes. Being a country situated nearby the ocean offers to anyone the possibility of cooking a light and rich dish made with fish or seafood and garnished with steamed vegetables.
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