In Ghana, every region and ethnic group has a special kind of meal they prepare for specific occasions while other meals can be eaten regularly. For the northern region, wasawasa is that special meal popularly known for its unique preparation method and the myths of its preparation.
After peeling a tuber of yam, the norm is to throw away the peels but in the northern part of Ghana, the peels are used to make wasawasa which is a whole meal.
The peels of the yam is the main ingredient in the preparation of this highly nutritious dish. The yam is first pounded into a powder and sometimes mixed with beans and boiled just like your popular waakye (mixed rice and beans dish) and served with spicy stew or gravy with vegetables. Interestingly, this meal needs to be prepared under good hygienic condition. It is said that women who have engaged in sex or were in their time of the month are not allowed to prepare it unless they undergo some purification rites