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

Smoked Fish Okra Stew

Smoked Fish Okra Stew

Smoked Fish Okra Stew

Okra is an ingredient in many soup and stew recipes throughout Africa. The young leaves and flowers of the okra plant are edible; also, okra leaves are frequently boiled or used dried ground into a powder to thicken soups and stews.


Okra tastes like okra having a unique flavor and texture. Okra naturally releases a gooey material called mucilage when cut, mucilage makes okra a natural thickener to soups and stews. Any type of acids such as tomatoes, vinegar or lemon juice will counteract the mucilage of okra.

30-Minute Smoked Fish and Okra Stew Recipe

Smoked Fish and Okra Stew Recipe
Smoked Fish Okra Stew.


Ingredients
5 ounces any smoked fish
3 cups sliced okra or two handfuls small okra
1 handful okra leaves chopped
2 ripe tomatoes diced
2 onions finely chopped
2 garden eggs or one small eggplant chopped
1 hot pepper finely chopped
¼ cup palm oil
4 cups water


Directions
Heat palm oil over medium heat in a large pot, add onions and garlic. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for about 30 minutes. Serve over fufu or rice.


Did you know?
Abelmoschus esculentus or Okra is a plant native to Africa and a member of the hibiscus family.


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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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