Green maize, somewhat similar to American corn, the first edible crop of the harvest season. Dowe is often cooked in the field as a treat for the start of harvest time after the hunger season in Malawi.
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...crop continues to ripen. William estimates twenty more days before the first green maize, called dowe, will be ready to eat. He dreams about the sweet taste of this plant, likening... (full context)