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Matoke, also known as Matooke or ” Ebitookye” in South Western Uganda is the fruit of a variety of starchy banana, commonly referred to as cooking bananas. The fruit is harvested green and then cooked and often mashed or pounded into a meal. In Uganda , a traditional Matoke dish is steam-cooked and the mashed meal is one of the national dishes.
The medium-sized green fruits, which are of a specific group of banana, the East African Highland bananas are known in the Bantu languages of the African Great Lakes region as matoke. Bananas/plantains were a common staple crop around the Lake Victoria area of Uganda, and in the West and Kilimanjaro regions of Tanzania.
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