Preparing Lettuce to Eat in Africa
Andy, have you ever considered getting one of those Magic Bullet blenders when you visit the States? It might be portable enough where you could pack it in one of your buckets. You could make your own nutrition packed green juice and just gulp down your raw veggies for breakfast.
I have many people talk about blenders, I truly hate the raw vegetable juices, truly disgusting to me. I am actively searching for vegetables that are good raw for me. l like peas raw, but do not like string beans. Yesterday, I ate some spinach raw, and it was horrible. A Belgium lady said to eat only the small leaves. I did find some unknown leaves then put in sauces I like but so far, nobody knows the name. Africa is not a good place to eat vegetables, many fruits, Lake Atitlan was great, they even had businesses with blenders when I wanted to gag down my vitamins. All in all, I do not get to wound up about health, I optimize as much as possible, I am carrying Tumeric, Garlic, Sesame Seeds. Since I realized that bacteria is not going to klll me, then eating raw foods has opened up. I now drink the water, and eat anything, realizing that bacteria is part of the body, and sort of paranoid humans are to be avoided.
I've discovered the orange colored sweet potatoes really great to eat raw. What we call yams here in the US are really sweet potatoes. My bunny rabbit loves the sweet potatoes better than carrots so that's why I tried them. You've got tons of yams in Togo. Peal one of those to see if they're edible raw. I've discovered that I can tolerate beets if pealed and eaten raw. The same goes for turnips where they taste almost like radishes. So what I might do if in your situation is go to the market to see what kind of root vegetables are available, then take a sampling of each to see what's edible raw. The great thing about the root veggies is all you have to do is peal them. Oh, I just thought of something. Buy some bulk legumes at the market. Take a cup of them to soak in water. Soak them for a couple days, changing the water each day. Then drain off the water but hydrate them for another day or 2 until you see them SPROUTING. Now they're edible raw.
PS I recommend finding the smaller sized legumes such as black eyed peas and lentils for sprouting raw edibility. After soaking a couple days, then they're best drained, rinsed and placed in a glass jar where they start to flourish from the air and the light. You may need to rinse them a couple times a day in such a hot climate to keep they from going sour. Sprinkle some on some of your raw greens or a salad for a taste test.
I can buy a bowl of black eyed peas for 20 cents USD, and do most days. I am not going to be able to prepare lentils unless I stop traveling. What works is like the lettuce, take home, dip in water, and eat. Each location is different, but normally Hotels have yet to understand kitchens. A few in Peru do, a few in Europe. Yes, I could do tons of work, and prepare the Lentils, but after I was done, I would go eat a plate of french fries to relieve the stress. I will make a video, or take a photo of the spinach, and unknown vegetable soon, both can be eaten raw. In a way, the raw food people can do good.