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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. The Republic of the Congo is one of the most urbanized countries in Africa.

African Culture is World Heritage

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Coconut Relish for Pork and Seafood

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Naturally sweet coconut has rich fragrant flavor and this coconut relish makes an exciting savory relish to dip seafood. The coconut industry is an important source of employment for most farmers in rural communities. The coconut palm is throughout coastal Africa . It is a very versatile crop requiring little care. Coconut trees are often referred to as the Tree of Life and have many uses from food, fiber, fuel, water and shelter, every part of the coconut palm is used. They mature within 2 – 7 years and the first fruit appears one year after flowering. One tree can yield on average 70-150 coconuts per year remaining productive for 50 – 100 years. With all those coconuts available Africa is brimming with coconut recipes. Quick and easy coconut relish recipe is a great accompaniment for pork and seafood. The sweet flavor of this coconut relish creates an interesting garnish to seafood and pork. Coconut Relish for Pork and Seafood Ingredients 2 cups coconut flakes

About Rooibos Tea, Black Tea and Tea Tree Oil

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About Rooibos Tea, Black Tea and Tea Tree Oil Rooibos pronounced Roy-bos or red bush tea is a South African tea with a reddish-brown color. The year 1904 was a special year for all Rooibos tea lovers, Benjamin Ginsberg a Russian businessperson living in South Africa started promoting the red bush, Rooibos tea. Aspalathus linearis is a shrub found in the western mountainous parts of the Western Cape that Rooibos (pronounced Roy-bos) or red bush tea is grown. Rooibos tea is made from selected forms of the shrub, which is found mainly on the Cederberg Mountains north of Cape Town centered on the town of Clanwilliam. Red bush Rooibos tea. South African rooibos tea is a herbal tea that is non-caffeinated with a reddish-brown color. Rooibos has a high level of antioxidants and is considered a healthy tea. The leaves are used to make the herbal tea also called red bush tea. Rooibos is a popular drink in Southern Africa for generations. Rooibos tea is made the same as black tea.

Alloco Fried Plantains with Tomato Sauce Recipe

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Alloco Fried Plantains with Tomato Sauce Recipe Alloco or Fried Plantains with Tomato Sauce is usually eaten as a side dish with fish. Alloco is a popular dish throughout Africa but goes by many names depending on the region. Alloco Fried Plantains with Tomato Sauce Alloco Fried Plantains with Tomato Sauce Ingredients 4 ripe yellow plantains 1 cup of your favorite tomato sauce Palm oil for frying (substitute peanut oil) Directions Heat a small amount of oil in a large frying pan. Cut the plantain into medium slices, fry the plantain until golden brown on each side. Remove plantains from the pan, cover with warmed sauce and serve warm. Cooking in Mali Africa in 1981

Antongil Bay Humpback Whale Watching in Madagascar

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Humpback Whales Africa's Madagascar Antongil Bay is the most important breeding place for humpback whales in the Eastern Hemisphere. Antongil Bay Humpback Whale Watching in Madagascar Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture Go whale watching in Madagascar. Humpback whale watching In 1997, the 2,175 sq km, 840 sq. mile or 537,600 acre Masoala National Park which is located on the Masoala peninsula in the northeast of Madagascar was created.   The Masoala peninsula is enclosed by the Indian Ocean in the east and Antongil Bay in the west. Today the Masoala can only be reached by boat, hiking or bike riding through miles of wilderness. Masoala is a multipart protected area having four land tracts and three marine. One important area is Antongil Bay, the largest bay in Madagascar. Antongil Bay is a refuge for humpback whales that gather in the bay during mating season feeding on tiny shrimp-like krill, pl

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus in Africa | Christmas in Africa

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Christmas Africa, Santa Claus in Africa, both bring smiles to African children faces. Christmas in Africa Celebrating Christmas in Africa. On this day, Christmas day December 25, over 400 million Christians in Africa commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. Christmas in Africa brings friends and family together for food, laughter and gifts. Christmas in Africa, Santa Claus is popular and takes many forms. Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus in Africa | Christmas in Africa. Egypt's Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7. About 10% of Egyptians are Coptic Christians, making up the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. Baba Noel is the Arabic name for England's Father Christmas, in the United States Baba Noel is better known as Santa Claus. Africans South Africans call him Vader Kersfees while in Morocco Santa Claus is known as Black Peter. Christmas and Santa Claus in Africa In the Netherlands where many Moroccan expats live, the annual ap

Destination Togo Africa Where One Family Has Ruled For 50 Years

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About Togo Africa French Togoland became Togo in 1960, Togo, officially the Togolese Republic is a tiny West African country next to Ghana, Benin, and Burkina Faso. Togo where the same family has been in power for five decades. Togo name derived from the Ewe words - to (water) and go - (shore); originally the name applied to the town of Togo, now Togoville, but the name was eventually extended to the entire country. Destination Togo Africa Togo Capital - Lome Togo Area - 56,785 sq km or 35,284 sq miles Togo Total Population - 6.8 Million Togo Rural Population - 62% Togo Gross National Income (GNI) Per Capita - US $500 per household a year Togo’s landscape is diverse, with five environmental zones: mountains, Savannah, rainforest and coastal areas. Togo is one of the smallest countries in Africa with more than one million people living in Lomé, its capital city. With more than 6 million residents, for the most part, live in rural areas. Voodoo worshipers from the Guen tri

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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