Beninese prefer hot and spicy foods. French cuisine is eaten in the north while fresh seafood is plentiful in the south. Corn meal is a staple in the Beninese diet. Beninese eat a variety of tropical fruits.
The main food is La Pate
, bread made from various kinds of flour. La pate
is dipped into sauces and eaten with the right hand. Many households eat porridge for breakfast made from millet, corn, yams or manioc. Gari
is made of grated manioc which is enjoyed with peanut-cake snacks. Street vendors in southern towns sell deep-fried dumplings made from pounded bananas or beans.