Staple foods include cocoyams, plantains, rice and peanuts. People eat little meat. Many people only eat what they can grow. The supplement their diets with eggs or an occasional chicken. Meat is the preferred source of protein when available. Goats, chickens, rodents, monkeys, and snakes are all eaten in Equatorial Guinea. Fish are abundant in the coastal areas.
A popular dish is ground squash seeds made into a curd. People in urban areas have three meals a day, in rural areas, people often eat only a light meal in the middle of the morning and a larger meal before dark. One of the most traditional meals starts with gari
, flour made from cassava that is a staple of many dishes
turned into porridge, or spiced as a side dish with added crushed seeds or leaves, and mushrooms, snails, plantains and skewered chicken.