Get to know your West African ingredients, at least the ones shown above:
Dried bitterleaf. Its taste is akin to collard greens; used in stews such as egusi (see related recipe online) and in the namesake bitterleaf soup.
Palm oil . Derived from the palm fruit; found in many West African dishes. Its increasing use in processed foods has led some to claim that palm oil production is leading to deforestation.
Pepper soup mix. A key seasoning element in the namesake soup, which is often prepared with goat meat.
Ground egusi . Powdered seed of a melon widely grown in West Africa; used to thicken and flavor stews.
Alligator pepper . Large pods contain tiny seeds that resemble black peppercorns but deliver more pronounced kick and a floral-citrus flavor; a.k.a. melegueta pepper or grains of paradise.
Dried crawfish . Usually ground and added to soups and stews for flavor; can be used as an ingredient in the fiery shito condiment.