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Did you know?

1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

3. African tech startups raise billions of dollars annually, seven African start-ups were included in the World Economic Forum 2021 cohort of 100 Technology Pioneers.

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North African and Indian South African Ghee Recipe

North African and Indian South African Ghee Recipe Clarified Butter, Ghee Recipe Ghee is a clarified butter without any solid milk particles or water. Ghee is used in daily cooking throughout South Africa, Algeria, Egypt, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (Libya), Morocco, Sudan, and Tunisia. Our Ghee recipe enriches the flavors of both sweet and savory North African and Indian South African foods. Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture 4-18-2009 Ghee can be used in place of butter and is perfect for use as a cooking oil. North and South African Ghee African recipes by African Gourmet Ghee is a traditional North African and Southern African preparation of clarified butter Prep time: 5 min Cook time: 10 min Total time: 15 min   Yield about 1 ½ cups Ingredients 2 cups unsalted butter Directions Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to boil, stirring constantly.

Nile Delta Rich Farmland in Egypt

Egypt’s Nile Valley and Delta occupy about 4 percent of the countries land. Most of the cultivated land is located close to the banks of the Nile River. Egypt rests on the African continent in Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Libya and the Gaza Strip, and the Red Sea north of Sudan, and includes the Asian Sinai Peninsula. The civilization of ancient Egypt was indebted to the Nile River and its dependable seasonal flooding. The river's predictability and fertile soil allowed the Egyptians to build an empire on the basis of great agricultural wealth. The Nile River brought silt that naturally fertilized the Delta valley. Egyptians are credited as being one of the first groups of people to practice agriculture on a large scale. This was possible because of the ingenuity of the Egyptians as they developed basin irrigation. Over 2,000 different species of flowering or aromatic plants have been found in tombs. The Nile Valley is home to the Valley of the Kin

Mara Region of Tanzania Tribes and Cattle Wars

Mara region was born shortly after African independence. Mara region is the northernmost region of Tanzania. Mara region is where there are more than twelve ethnic groups with aggressive cultures and customs, cattle rustling is a common destructive practice that occurs regularly.  The practice is often fatal, destructive and distributes poverty to victimized families. The dominant ethnic groups of the Mara region are the Wakurya, Wajaluo and Wajita.  The Mara region’s tribal group picture is also characterized by many very small tribes such as the Wazanaki, Wasuba, Waikizu, Waisenye, Waikoma, Wangoreme, Wakwaya, Waluli, and Washashi. Mara Region of Tanzania suffers bloodshed and violence, learn about boarders, parks, wild animals, cattle rustling, and warring Mara tribes. Mara region was born shortly after African independence. It was created along with Mwanza and Kagera from what was then Lake Pro

History of Egusi Melon Seed Plants

The ancient wild African watermelon or egusi melon is grown in Africa, bitter tasting vegetable with hard light green flesh loved for its seeds. Wild watermelon egusi seeds are fat and protein-rich seeds of a cucurbitaceous plant used in preparing egusi soup, a kind of soup thickened with the ground egusi seeds cooked with water, oil and typically containing vegetables, seasonings and meat which is popular in many West and Central African countries. Egusi Melon Seeds In Africa Colocynthis citrullus or egusi melon is classified as a vegetable and part of the cucumber family. Most kinds of egusi melons are grown for their seeds, not for the flesh. Bitter egusi melon is an indigenous crop and originates in southern Africa and occurs naturally in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi. Egusi seeds are frequently added to soups and stews. As a member of the gourd family, egusi melon can grow just anywhere, from humid gullies, to dry savannahs and

Three Indian South African pickle and preserves recipes

Three Indian South African pickle and preserves recipes Salsa is so last week. Make three Indian South African pickle and preserves recipes with the African Gourmet. Spicy Mango Coconut Relish Use Spicy Curry Mango Coconut Relish in place of relish, mustard, ketchup, and salsa. Relish is a sort of combination pickle and preserves made rather sweetly and very hot, eaten with meat, curry, and rice. Spicy Curry Mango Coconut Relish South African Indian Favorite Ingredients 2 cups fresh coconut (substitute coconut flakes) 1 cup diced ripe mango 1 tablespoon red pepper flake (optional) 1 cup chopped fresh parsley 1 teaspoon ground curry 1 teaspoon brown sugar ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon lime juice 1 cup plain yogurt Directions Mix all ingredients in a bowl and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator at least 2 hours before serving. By the way, limes make an excellent condiment too Lime pickle is made from salted pieces of lime pack

Sierra Leone Smoked Fish Egusi Stew

Sierra Leone Smoked Fish Egusi Stew African Food, Egusi Stew Egusi seeds are used to season and thicken vegetable soups and stews such as Sierra Leone Smoked Fish Egusi Stew. What is Egusi? Egusi is Africa’s native watermelon originally domesticated in Namibia's Kalahari Desert. Egusi are large with hard flesh that can be eaten, but the most interesting parts of the melon is the seeds. Sierra Leone Smoked Fish Egusi Stew is traditionally served with a side of starchy fufu, used as a scoop to eat the dish or serve over rice. Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture 4-12-2009 Sierra Leone Smoked Fish Egusi Stew African recipes by African Gourmet Egusi soup is traditionally served with a side of starchy fufu, used as a scoop to eat the dish or serve over rice. Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 1 hour 15 min Total time: 1 hour 35 min Ingredients 2 large pieces any smoked fish

Okra Stew Is a Universal Dish in West Africa

West African Okra Stew Okra stew is a universal dish in West Africa; you have as many variations as there are languages.  African food is delicious; West African Okra Stew is full of flavor and spice lovingly prepared by African families for generations. West African Okra Stew Ingredients 3 cups fresh okra (whole or sliced) 3 cloves garlic crushed 1 tablespoon lemon juice 3 cups vegetable stock 1 tablespoon caraway seeds 2 medium fresh tomatoes evenly sliced Salt and pepper to taste Directions In a large pot on medium heat, add oil then sauté garlic and caraway seeds one minute. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer covered for 30 minutes. [Read: Pickled Okra Recipe ] What is okra Okra is a vegetable, a good source of minerals, vitamins, and fiber. It contains a  distinctive gooey liquid  used to naturally thicken sauces. The taste is mild, but it has a unique texture with peach-like fuzz on the outside and small, ed

Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

African cultures express, encourage, and communicate energy

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