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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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African Mango Dessert Fool Recipe

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African Mango Dessert Fool Recipe Ripe mangos make the best mango fool .   A Fruit Fool is a delicious British dessert made of a mixture of lightly sweetened fruit. Fools are one of the quickest, easiest, and tastiest desserts. Ripe mangos make the best mango fool.  The culinary influence living under British rule was different depending on the region in Africa. British food has a huge impact on the eating habits of Africans. Dating as far back as the 17th century, fool is classic British dessert.  The key to making African mango dessert fool is using the folding technique properly.   Traditionally, Britain’s folded pureed stewed gooseberries into sweet custard to make fruit fool, nothing could be easier. African fruit dessert fool could not be simpler to make, fold a handful of pureed fresh fruit into whipped cream and you are done. The key to making African mango dessert fool is using the folding technique properly. Folding is combining a light ingredient with a much hea

South African Preserved Pickle Carrots

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South African Preserved Pickle Carrots Carrots are believed to have originated in Afghanistan. Carrots are now a popular vegetable grown all over the world, in South Africa; carrots have been an important vegetable crop for centuries. South African Preserved Pickle Carrots Carrots are grown all over South Africa cultivated in Stellenbosch, Johannesburg, East Rand, Pretoria, Greytown, Weenen and in the Reddersburg area in the Free State. The root is the edible part and the color of the roots varies from white, yellow, orange-yellow, light purple, deep red to deep violet. Carrots are eaten fresh, processed, juiced and pickled. Preserved pickle carrots is an easy-to-follow delicious recipe. South African Preserved Pickle Carrots Ingredients 1 mason jar, medium size ball with cover 1 small bag of baby carrots 1 medium slice of fresh ginger 2 tablespoons mustard seeds 1 crushed clove of garlic Enough white vinegar to cover carrots Directions

Simple Sweet Tamarind Sauce Recipe

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Simple sweet tamarind sauce recipe, tamarind is an important ingredient in African chutneys, curries and sauces. Tamarindus indica or the tamarind tree is native to tropical Africa; the tree grows wild throughout Sudan, and South Sudan, Madagascar and most of tropical Africa.  The tamarind tree has so many uses that it is celebrated throughout the world. The tamarind tree has a variety of uses as food, oil, varnish, dye, timber, glue, medicine, fuel, and a thickener in some explosives.  The tamarind tree lives up to an age of 50-60 years or sometimes up to 150 years. A mature tamarind tree may annually produce 330 to 500 pounds of seeds. The tamarind tree seeds are an important ingredient in chutneys, curries, and sauces. Simple Sweet Tamarind Sauce Recipe Ingredients Yields about 1-pint jar 3 heaping tablespoons tamarind paste 1/2 cup sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups water Directions Sterilize

South African Indian Butternut and Sweet Potato Curry

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South African Indian Butternut and Sweet Potato Curry South African Indian Butternut and Sweet Potato Curry is a perfect meal to make as mild or spicy as you like. Serve South African Indian Butternut and Sweet Potato Curry with rice or naan bread. The Indian food culture in South Africa is dynamic and influential. South African Indian Butternut and Sweet Potato Curry Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture 5-7-2014 By Chic African Culture African food recipe Culture and food of South African Indian recipes would not be complete without including the Indian African food recipe Butternut and Sweet Potato Curry. Butternut and Sweet Potato Curry is a rich and hearty Indian African food recipe with tomatoes providing a balancing acidity and the hot peppers bringing dynamic taste. South African Indian Butternut and Sweet Potato Curry Recipe Serves 6 Indian African food Total time from start to finish 1 hour Ingredients

Symbol of an Executioner's Power

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Adinkra’s are African visual symbols created in West Africa. Adinkra symbols represent a feeling or simple saying in other words Adinkra are symbols that represent concepts or sayings telling a story without words. ”Look at your past and you will recognize your future” Aya, the fern is the symbol for independence meaning I am not afraid of you. Sepow is the symbol of an executioner's power. It was a dagger, which the executioner plunged into the condemned mouth to prevent them from conjuring up a curse on the king before death. Masie symbolizes the saying I understand and will keep your confidence. Gye Nyame represents the phrase except God I fear none. Nsoroma symbolizes the saying that you are a child of the sky resting with God and not depending upon yourself. Read next - Whole Nother Level of Understanding African Proverbs Read more Facts about Africa , African proverbs and folklore and simple food recipes on our home page.

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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Being African in America I have grown up learning about different ethnic cultures. My father and mother are historians of African culture and history and their influence expanded my activities to several best-selling cookbooks, magazine columns, self-branded products, and a popular African culture and food blog.

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