Butter for sale in Soddo ( Ethiopia)
© B. Faye/CIRAD
The Ethiopian culinary tradition lead to the development of a “traditional butter” commodity system.
This rancid butter is used for the preparation of a hot chilli sauce.
Rancid butter is also used for cosmetic purposes (women use it for their hair) as well as for ritual purposes (butter is spread on tree trunks and rocks, places thought to harbour various spirits according to the Ethiopian animist tradition).