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Leah Penniman’s Soup Joumou
Soup Joumou, also known as the Haitian Independence Soup, is a hearty pumpkin (or squash) soup that is traditionally served on January 1 to commemorate the day of Haiti’s liberation from France in 1804. The soup was once a delicacy reserved for white enslavers but forbidden to the enslaved people who cooked it. After winning their independence, Haitians made a tradition of eating the soup each Independence Day (New Year’s Day) to celebrate their freedom.
This is Leah Penniman’s version of the traditional Haitian recipe, adapted to use seasonal farm ingredients grown in the cold upstate New York climate. Click here for a more traditional version of the recipe. Continue