Founded by Senegal-native Pierre Thiam. Fonio is a tiny, nutritious, climate-smart ancient grain that has been prized across West Africa for over 5,000 years. It’s light, fluffy and just a bit nutty. Think cous-cous but better! Yolélé was founded in 2017 to create economic opportunity for smallholder farming communities; to support biodiverse, regenerative, and resilient food systems; and to share Africa’s ingredients and cuisines with the world.
Jollof rice is probably West Africa’s most famous and hotly contested recipe. It’s a rich, savory one-pot rice dish made with tomato, onion, bell pepper, and hot chilis, served with braised meat or fish. Each country in West Africa claims their version to be the best jollof, inspiring the fun-filled “jollof wars”, but no matter where you’re from, jollof is a party dish!