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15 Most Popular African Herbal Medicine Ingredients

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The 15 most popular herbs used in South African herbal medicine. Herbal medicine is the art and science of using herbs for stimulating health and preventing and treating sickness.

Herbal medicine has been Africa’s primary form of medicine since the beginning of time.South Africa Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) published a listing of the most popular South African Medicinal plants used in African herbalism by the Nyanga,South African herbal medicine specialists.
Most popular herbs used in the South African Herbal medicine discipline.

Aloe Leaves have been traditionally used for stomach complaints, hemorrhoids, arthritis, eczema, conjunctivitis, hypertension, and stress. They are also used to treat skin irritations and bruises.


African Ginger Fresh roots or rhizomes can be chewed to treat influenza. It can also be used for colds, asthma, to treat malaria and by women during menstruation. The plant has also been traditionally used as an appetite suppressant and sedati…

Shimla mirch ki sabzi South African Indian Vegetable Curry Recipe

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Shimla mirch ki sabzi South African Indian Vegetable Curry Recipe
Shimla mirch ki sabzi is a classic South African Indian recipe of green peppers, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, and eight spices. This simple curry recipe is a staple dish in many Durban South African Indian homes.


Shimla mirch ki sabzi South African Indian Vegetable Curry Recipe
Ingredients 3 large green bell peppers, sliced fine 2 large potatoes, cooked and cubed 1 large onion, chopped 1 large tomato, diced 10 fresh coriander leaves 1 tablespoon ginger paste 1 tablespoon garlic paste 2 teaspoons ground turmeric 1 teaspoon red chili flakes or to taste 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon sea salt 2 tablespoons vegetable oil ½ cup water

Directions Over medium-high heat, add oil into a large frying pan, sauté onions, tomatoes, ginger, coriander leaves, and garlic, together with cumin and coriander powders for five minutes. Add remaining ingredients, and cook on medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes ar…

Africa Sole Food | Cow Foot Stew Recipe

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How do you cook a cow foot? Easy Cow foot stew recipe is a spicy thick delicacy which cow foot is slowly stewed until tender. Cow foot stew may not sound appetizing, but when slowly simmered it is delicious.



Cow foot is quite tough; you may be able to buy calf foot which is more tender. But if you add a tablespoon of vinegar or meat tenderizer to the stew the cow foot will cook faster. Cow foot makes a thick delicious broth that has a lot of collagen and gelatin. Nigerian Cow foot stew is spicy, but there is nothing to stop you from adjusting the heat to suit your taste.

Cow Foot Stew Recipe

Ingredients 1 cow foot cut up into pieces 6 cups water 2 cups baby carrots or sliced carrots 2 chopped onions 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 large tomato diced 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon red pepper 1 hot pepper sliced Juice of one lemon or 1 tablespoon vinegar
Directions In a large pot add cow foot, water and lemon or vinegar. Simmer together slowly until cow foot is tender 2 1/2 hours. Add remaining ingredients si…

Ginger Spice Hot Buttered Popcorn Recipe

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Ginger is a tropical warm climate plant herb used in cooking, spice mixes and medicine. Some ginger growing African countries are Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Nigeria with Nigeria growing ginger on a large scale. 
African ginger spice hot buttered popcorn recipe is easy to make and enjoy for your next Netflix and Hulu binge night.


When you say popcorn, most people think of the kind you microwave but popcorn is so much better than that. When popped fresh on the stove, our homemade African ginger spice hot buttered popcorn recipe is as easy to make as boiling water.


African Ginger Spice Hot Buttered Popcorn Recipe

Ingredients 1/ 2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels 1/3 cup clarified butter 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Ginger Spice Mix 1 tablespoon powdered ginger 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Directions Over medium-high heat, warm a large heavy pot with a lid and add oils. If your oil starts to smoke, it is too hot. Test the heat of the oil by dropping in two kernels. When the kernel pops o…

Rich Wife Poor Wife African Short Story Folklore

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Rich Wife Poor Wife African Short Story Folklore
While all marriages are susceptible to fraud, money in this African folklore is a hard-hitting lesson about deceit.
African Folklore story rich wife and poor wife teaches money does not always bring safety and happiness.As the elders say, there were two girls whose father told them "You are now old enough to marry." 
Their hearts were glad when they received this permission, and soon they found two fine young men. The oldest sister became engaged to a poor man and the younger to a rich one.
One day the older sister paid a visit to her fiancé, and as he was poor, he could only give her fish to eat and a mat to lie on for a bed. But when the younger went to see her rich fiancé he killed a goat for her supper, gave her a fine bed with soft blankets, and in the morning killed a pig for her breakfast.  

The two sisters happened to meet at the crossroads, they asked each other what presents they had received, and when the younger sist…

Kwanzaa, what the heck is it?

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Kwanzaa what the heck is it


What is Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration of family, community, and culture. Kwanzaa is not an African Christmas celebration, Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, nor is it meant to replace Christmas. The colors of Kwanzaa are black, red and green. Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration that begins on December 26 and ends on January 1. You do not have to be black to celebrate Kwanzaa.



Kwanzaa seven principles are known as the Nguzo Saba. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of seven principles Kwanzaa what the heck is it Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration that begins on December 26 and ends on January 1.  The name Kwanzaa is derived from the Swahili term, "matunda ya kwanza", which means first-fruits, Kwanzaa is based on African harvest celebrations. 
Kwanzaa has seven symbols that represent the values reflective of a peaceable world. What are the seven principles? Kwanzaa has seven principles known as the Nguzo Saba (n-GU-zo SA…

African DNA Mapping Africa Through Genetics

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African DNA Mapping Africa Through Genetics
Dr. Sarah Tishkoff is a professor of Genetics and Biology at the University of Pennsylvania studying Africa's genetics. The doctor and her team studied 121 African populations of hunter-gatherers, pastoralists, and farmers.

There is an extensive amount of ethnic diversity in Africa and genetic evidence is at the moment pointing to East Africa as the cradle of humanity. 

In 1924 the Taung child a fossilized skull of a young child who lived about 2.8 million years ago in Taung, South Africa was discovered. Lucy at 3.2 million years old in November 1974 in the Afar region of Ethiopia was unearthed. 

In 1987, three scientists announced in the journal Nature that they had found a common ancestor to us all, African Eve was a woman who lived in Africa 150,000 years ago. 

The theory is all people alive today can trace some of their genetic heritage through their mothers back to this one woman. In 2008 another species of Australopithecus, A. sediba w…

Why Cat and Rat Hate Each Other African Folklore

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Why Cat and Rat Hate Each Other African FolkloreAfrican folklore is traditional art and literature passed on through oral communication.  Why the cat and the rat hate each other African Folklore explains why the cat and rat are enemies. 


Why Cat and Rat Hate Each Other African Folklore

As the elders say, one day the Cat, the Rat, the Hawk, and the Eagle arranged to take a journey together, but before starting, they agreed not to argue with each other in any matter.

They had not gone very far when the Eagle saw a bunch of unripe palm-nuts, and said, "When these palm-nuts are ripe, and I have eaten them, then we will proceed on our way."

They waited many days until the palm-nuts ripened and eaten by the Eagle, then they started again, and by and by, the Hawk saw a large savannah, and said, "When the bush in this savannah is burnt, and I have eaten the locusts, then we will go."

Therefore, they waited while the bush dried, and was burnt, and the Hawk ate his locusts. The…

How To Make Preserved Lemons

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How To Make Preserved Lemons
Preserved lemons are a staple in Moroccan cuisine. Typically, the rinds, which become soft in texture and mellow in flavor once preserved are sliced thin or minced before added to a recipe.
Preserved lemons are used in sauces, combined with yogurt for serving spooned over grilled meats or fish, incorporated into salad dressing or used as a spice in soups and stews.

How To Make Preserved Lemons
Ingredients 4 whole lemons ½ cup kosher salt 1½ cups lemon juice

Directions Cut 4 lemons lengthwise into quarters, stopping 1-inch from the bottom so lemons stay intact at the base. Working with 1 lemon at a time, hold lemon over a medium bowl and pour 2 tablespoons salt into the cavity of lemon. Gently rub cut surfaces of lemon together, then place in a clean 1-quart jar. Repeat with remaining lemons and salt.
Add any accumulated salt and juice in a bowl to a jar. Pour 1½ cups lemon juice into jar and press gently to submerge lemons. Add more lemon juice to the jar if ne…

African Buddhist Monk in Uganda

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African Buddhist Monk in Uganda
African Buddhist Monk in Uganda

Buddhism in Africa African Buddhist Monk Venerable Bhante Buddharakkhita was born and raised in Uganda and plants Dharma seeds throughout Africa. African Buddhist Monk in Uganda
Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture
12-9-2015


Buddhist temples are found throughout Africa in the African countries of Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, eSwatini formally Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. South Africa has the largest Buddhist population on the African continent.
Venerable Bhante Buddharakkhita Uganda Buddhist Center is one of the most famous in Africa


Uganda Buddhist Center was established on April 10, 2005, in Kawempe Uganda. Uganda Buddhist Center states "We con…