Joumou Squash is the main ingredient in Haitian Joumou Soup. A New Year Tradition that dates all the way back to January 1st, 1804. The Joumou has a checkered past but it’s a beautiful story of redemption. According to the story, the French masters forbid the Haitian slaves from enjoying Soup Joumou, a delicacy reserved only for the white colonizers. After a 12-year struggle, Haiti became the first country to have a successful revolt that ended slavery.
When Jean-Jacques Dessalines declared Haiti’s independence from the French colonizers, Soup Joumou became a symbol of freedom and a celebration of Haiti’s independence. This is why, on January 1st, if you are Haitian, no matter what part of the world you are in, you are making Soup Joumou and indulging in this tasty dish that has come to be known as Freedom Soup.