Matoke, (locally known as matooke,amatooke, ebitookye in south western Uganda, and ibitoke in Rwanda) is the fruit of a variety of starchy banana, commonly referred to as cooking/green bananas. The fruit is harvested green, carefully peeled and then cooked and often mashed or pounded into a meal. In Uganda and Rwanda, the fruit is steam-cooked in Banana leaves and giving it a unique Flavor (Luwombo), and the mashed meal is considered a national dish in both countries. The Buganda tribe of Uganda do however pride themselves in making the best matoke dishes.
The medium-sized green fruits, which are of a specific group of banana, the East African Highland bananas (AAA-EAH), are known in the Bantu languages of the African Great Lakes region as matoke.
Bananas/plantains were a common staple crop around the Lake Victoria area of Uganda, and in the West and Kilimanjaro regions of Tanzania.
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