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Shito is the word for pepper in Ga, a Ghanaian language from Accra, the Ghanaian capital. Whilst the word for pepper is different for each of the Ghanaian native languages, shitor din (black pepper), commonly called 'shito', is widely used as the name for the hot black pepper sauce ubiquitous in Ghanaian cuisine.[1]

Shito sauce consists primarily of fish or vegetable oilgingerdried fishprawnscrustaceanstomatoesgarlicpeppers and spices. These ingredients are usually blended together and cooked in vegetable or corn oil for a little over an hour to create the sauce.

In Ghana, shito is used with a variety of dishes. These include kenkeysteamed ricegarri and waakye(rice and beans) and banku. Indeed, its uses have been adapted to that of a local ketchuphot sauce or chili oil. It is not uncommon to find shito being eaten with white bread or spring rolls.