Tuesday, 26 February 2008 7:58 AM

"Nambo," a Traditional Biscuit from Santa Cruz

The very popular biscuit, 'nambo' has been a traditional staple food long before missionaries came to the Solomon Islands. To this day, the making of nambo is still practiced by the people of Santa Cruz, Temotu Province in the eastern parts of Solomon Islands.

Andrew Meoti, from Santa Cruz in Temotu Province, said that nambo is made out of breadfruit. "During the traditional times they often build holes and light flames and heat up the fruit after it is taken down from its tree, it is then left to cool before it is peeled off and cut into square sizes," explained Andrew. "Once that is done it is left for further heating to harden the fruit into biscuit-like texture."

Andrew said that the Nambo, once produced into its biscuit form, can be kept for over two years and it would still be fit for consumption. "This is very important for us since the nambo can be kept for times of long fishing trips, times of disaster or for feasts."

Andrew said that today the nambo has become very popular throughout the Solomon Islands and has become a source of income for the people Santa Cruz in the Temotu Province.

"The skill of making Nambo has been passed down from generations before us, today we should find ways to commercialize this unique traditional food," said Andrew.