By Tunde Alabi
Wara is organic cheese made from coagulated cow milk, it is a delicacy that is very popular among Kwara people. There is a song by a popular musician that “Omo Kwara ti o mo wara je, suegbe ni” that is “An indigene of Kwara who does not know how to eat Wara is a dunce”.
There are two broad types of Wara; the colored one is called “Wara Kayooma” actually it is the cheese dressed traditionally by Kaiama people from Kwara North.
They use extracts from guinea corn leaves to color it which makes it firmer than the white one. The fresh one (white) is called “Wara Nkasi” which is typically produced by our local Fulani people.
Both are purely made from cow milk and produced hygienically. Local Fulani women are one of the neatest women on earth. Wara is preserved organically with “bom bom” leaves which is a coagulant, its botanical name is Calotropis procera.
Wara is a great source of calcium, fat, and protein. It also contains high amounts of vitamins A and B-12, along with zinc, phosphorus, and riboflavin. Cheese made from the milk of 100 percent grass-fed animals is the highest in nutrients and also contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K-2.
The bom bom leaves itself is used for digestive disorders including diarrhea, constipation and stomach ulcers; for painful conditions including toothache, cramps, and joint pain; and for parasitic infections including elephantiasis and worms.
You can eat wara as snack, fry or cook it in your soup as an alternative to your meat or fish.
So when next you visit my dear state of harmony ensure that you eat wara as much as possible. Help grow our local economy!