Slideshow: Market Tours: Adja Khady Food Distributor, West African in West Harlem

Adja Khady Food Distributor
Adja Khady Food Distributor
Mary's food distributor business (as well as her beauty supply shop next door!) is named for her mother.
And Pose
And Pose
Mary poses with some of her own popular products: couscous and ground peanuts.
Palm Oil
Palm Oil
Palm oil is the cooking fat of choice in Senegal, and it adds a subtle hearty flavor to dishes cooked with it. The fat can solidify at cooler temperatures, so you may need to heat the bottle gently before pouring.
Sumbala
Sumbala
Sumbala is typically made from fermented néré seeds, though soybeans are often substituted when néré seed supply is low. The savory paste—often sold as little balls—is ubiquitous in Senegalese cuisine.
Adja Khady brand seasonings
Adja Khady brand seasonings
Mary stocks her own brand of tomato-based seasoning.
Ginger Syrup
Ginger Syrup
Ginger-based drinks are very popular in West Africa. Mary bottles her own thick ginger syrup, which when mixed with water makes instant soda.
Tea
Tea
In addition to large bagfuls of dried herbs that Mary's company packages for tea, you'll find an extensive selection of green and Jasmine teas at Adja Khady.
Dried Fruit
Dried Fruit
These sticky dried fruits are eaten unadorned, like candy.
Earthenware
Earthenware
In addition to groceries, Mary imports a few select vessels from West Africa, both for cooking stews and drinking tea.