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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: 54gene, mPharma, Cambridge Industries, FlexFinTx, Kuda, Moringa School and Sokowatch.

How to use a pestle and mortar

African spice recipe that makes full use of your pestle and mortar. Use a mortar and pestle to grind and mix spices, crush herbs and nuts.

The mortar and pestle are one of the oldest most recognized pharmacy and kitchen tool used throughout the world.

Pestle, mortar and spices


African spice recipe that makes full use of your pestle and mortar.

The mortar and pestle is a kitchen gadget that was found in every urban and rural African kitchen. However, emerging technology in the African food culture is threatening the once commonplace mortars and pestles of old. Mortars and pestles were once used to husk and dehull grain but village electric grain mills are slowly replacing the hand labor intensive mortars and pestles.

There are many recipes where hand mixing and grinding with a mortar and pestle put the consistency of the mixing and grinding in your hands. Place ingredients in the mortar or bowl portion, using the pestle end slowly move the rounded pestle end against the mortar to grind. In order to pound, move the pestle up and down rhythmically to the desired consistency. 

The town of Sévaré aka Sevare is near Mali's border. In the town of Sévaré, a daughter helps her mother prepare a meal by pounding onions in a wooden mortar.

To the left is a charcoal stove for cooking along with a container for water and a plate of red pepper. To the right are two traditional earthen jars for water as well as plastic buckets for washing the dishes.

Typical meals in Mali consist of some kind of starch, rice or pounded millet, along with a sauce, which can be leafy green or more like gravy. Sometimes the meals may include a little meat.


Using a mortar and pestle in Mali, Africa photo by L. Lee McIntyre

African spice recipe that makes full use of your pestle and mortar.

All-Purpose Blazing Seasoning Salt.

Ingredients

¼ cup garlic salt

1 tablespoon of sea salt

1 teaspoon black peppercorns

1 teaspoon cardamom seeds

¼ cup dried onion

2 whole allspice berries

2 dried bay leaves

1 ghost chili pod

 

Directions

In the mortar, place allspice, bay leaves, peppercorns, and cardamom seeds grind with the pestle to the desired consistency. Add remaining ingredients to the mortar and mix well. Store in an airtight container store away from heat and light. Do not store spices in the refrigerator.


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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.

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