The sweet taste of freedom – Joumou soup

There is something appetizing and rich about a dish when you know the history behind it. The ingredients come to life and a spoonful isn’t just to satisfy hunger.  This is the case with Joumou soup, also know as “freedom soup”. It’s eaten traditionally and religiously on New Years day, every year. So before we say good bye to January let’s dig in to this warm, Haitian delicacy.

Before 1804, a Haitian slave was not allowed to touch Joumou, a favourite of the French colonial masters.  What made it a favourite? Jomou brings together slices of pumpkin, simmered in a saucepan along with beef, potato, plantains and vegetables such as parsley, carrots, green cabbage, celery and onions.  Back then slaves were only allowed one ounce of salted meat or fish and one bottle of lemonade per day. On Sunday, January 1, 1804, when they gained their freedom they celebrated with music, dance and of course, Joumou soup.

The symbolic beauty of this story sounds almost folkloric. No nation has a similar to tell, and this makes every spoonful of Jomou soup even more delectable.

Mocca Mums here’s 1 minute of comedy watching Papa Jean serve a friend joumou soup for the first time and recipe! If you can’t post a video similar to Papa Jean’s with feedback, post a comment or pic after you’ve made and tried it.