Asham (dessert)

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TypeDessert Snack
Place of originCaribbean
Main ingredientsCorn, sugar or salt

Asham is a corn-based Caribbean dessert. It is thought to have originated in Africa,[1] with the name asham derived from the Akan word o-sĭám meaning "parched and ground corn".[2] Other names include Brown George (Jamaica),[3] kasham (Grenada), and sansam (Trinidad).[4]

It is made by shelling dry corn, parching it, and then grinding it finely.[5] Salt or sugar can then be added to the mixture and it can be eaten dry or with water.[3]

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  1. ^ "12 must-have snacks for visitors to Jamaica". Loop News Jamaica. 14 January 2019. Retrieved 2020-09-15.
  2. ^ Farquharson, Joseph T. (2012). The African Lexis in Jamaican: Its Linguistic and Sociohistorical Significance (PhD). The University of the West Indies. pp. 234–235.
  3. ^ a b Tortello, Rebecca (7 February 2009). "Sweet & dandy - The history of Jamaican sweets". Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved 2020-09-15.
  4. ^ Allsopp, Richard (1970). Cassidy, F. G.; Le Page, R. B. (eds.). "A Critical Commentary on the Dictionary of Jamaican English". Caribbean Studies. 10 (2): 90–117. ISSN 0008-6533.
  5. ^ "Asham". JamaicanEats Magazine. Fall 2006. Retrieved 2020-09-15.