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Gihaal was a dried fishmeal mixture, its name drawn from the word for "fishmeal" in the Mando'a language. Prepared from raw, freshly gutted fish, the meat was smoked and dried before being packaged into sealed containers for preservation. Richly nourishing, gihaal provided a combination of fat and protein, and could remain edible for years without a need for refrigeration. Because of these traits, gihaal became a staple in Mandalorian field rations, though its pungently unpleasant odor was off-putting to many Mandalorian soldiers.
The Mandalorian soldier Jun Hokan enjoyed gihaal, and during a mission to the planet Mes Cavoli in 72 BBY, ate gihaal shavings he carved from a larger chunk with a vibroblade, similar to the manner many other individuals ate fruit. After his dealings with the Kaminoan cloners of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Cuy'val Dar clone commando training sergeant Kal Skirata, took to pejoratively referring to the aquatic Kaminoans as gihaal. This habit spread among a number of other Mandalorian Cuy'val Dar sergeants, and their commando trainees.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "Gihaal is a dried fishmeal mixture, like pemmican..."
- ―The Mandalorians: People and Culture
Gihaal first entered Star Wars canon with a mention in the 2006 novel, Republic Commando: Triple Zero by author Karen Traviss. It was further featured as an insult in Traviss' short-story Odds, and the sequel to Triple Zero in the Republic and Imperial Commando series, Republic Commando: True Colors. With the release of Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel, gihaal finally made its first true appearance, then appeared again in the following Imperial Commando: 501st novel.
- Republic Commando: Triple Zero (First mentioned)
- Odds (Mentioned only)
- Republic Commando: True Colors (Mentioned only)
- Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel (First appearance)
- Imperial Commando: 501st