An Ancient Grain Powers These Chips
Crisp, the rectangular phonio chips made from a West African heroin grain, is the latest from Brooklyn’s company Yolle, which manufactures and sells African foods. There are four iterations: Afro-funk, made with daudwa (fermented locust beans) and ginger, are moderately spicy; Greens !, made with moringa and baobab, is pungent; The ruddy Yas !, scented with eagle, onion and lime, is at once hot, sour and sweet; And plain sea salt, the lightest, is somewhat fragile. The company was founded by Pierre Thiam, a chef and phonio ambassador, and Philippe Tavarro, a specialty food expert.
Yole Fono Chips, four bags, one flavor or variety pack, $ 20, yolele.com.