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Irio [eer-ee-o], noun: In the Kenyan tribal language of Kikuyu, irio just means food. But it usually refers to a simple, plain dish of mashed potatoes, maize, and peas or greens. A couple years ago I spent a week in Kenya, in the highlands of the Rift Valley about an hour away from Nairobi. I really enjoyed the good food of this agricultural region. Here's a very typical dinner dish: bright green irio!
You might assume this dish is name after an African Queen or has a symbolic significance actually, Irio meaning is much more straightforward, and the literal translation is food in the Kikuyu language.However, Irio is a classic Kenyan dish, which has its roots from the Kikuyu tribe and has spread through out Kenya. It is …