Thursday, December 30, 2021
Soup Joumou (joo-moo)
Soup Joumou is a Haitian tradition recently honored by UNESCO. Joumou, the Haitian-Creole word for Calabaza squash or pumpkin, is the heart of this soup. While the original recipe is made with a base of beef, chicken or goat, this locally-sourced vegan version thrills the tongue with the tang of lime, the earthy notes of a ginger-infused Haitian epis (aka sofrito) and a hearty, rustic texture of mashed rather than pureed squash. Recipes vary with each household and New Year's Day finds people bringing their own bowls from house to house to taste each other's soup. Give it your own spin with potatoes, sweet potatoes, taro, turnip or your favorite greens!