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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.

South African Preserved Pickle Carrots

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


Sprinkle carrots with salt and add to the mason jar along with ginger, seeds, and garlic. Cover with vinegar. Seal jar according to the ball instructions and let sit for at least two months before serving.

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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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