‘Omena’ is a small silvery sardine-like fish that affords the same nutritious advantages.Some people eat them with tea in the morning, and others have them with Ugali and greens for lunch or dinner. If cooked in the right way, its could turn into a favorite meal for you.
‘Omena’ is a favorite among the Luo community but is found in every part of the country. If it is not properly cleaned before it is cooked, it acquires a bitter taste. Fishermen around lake Victoria dry the omena by the lakeside, before transporting it to the market.
According to health experts the small dried fish have been proven to possess a higher protein content compared to similar amounts of goat, beef or even chicken meat. They are also a robust and excellent source of calcium which is found in the bones.
Nutritionists highly recommend them for pregnant women and children because they can supply up to 170% of the daily intake requirement of calcium for the human body. On top of that, it also has phosphorous which is instrumental in the development of teeth and strong bones.
How is ‘Omena’ called in English ? According to the English dictionary, ‘Omena’ commonly know as Dagaa in other regions is called Silver Cyprinid in English.
Silver Cyprinid is rich in nutrients yet it has no baggage of unnecessary calories. if you have never tasted one, then you should consider trying this delicious meal.