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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.

Sour Fish Soup African Food Recipe

Sour Fish Soup African Food Recipe

Roadside market in Sierra Leone
A roadside market in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is a small coastal African country where fishing is a way of life and Sour Fish Soup African Food Recipe is one of Africa's favorite recipes.

African Fish Soup Recipe
As such fish is an important representing almost 70 percent of the animal protein consumed in Sierra Leone. The herb sorrel or sour grows wild in Sierra Leone. The leaves of the sorrel plant are the part used in recipes throughout Sierra Leone. 

Because of its pungent flavor, sorrel is often combined with fish; blanch the sorrel leaves before cooking if they taste too sharp. Sierra Leone Fish Sour Soup is an easy one-pot recipe to make ahead or on a weeknight. 

Sierra Leone Fish Sour Soup African Food Recipe
Sierra Leone Fish Sour Soup

Sierra Leone Fish Sour Soup African Food Recipe


Ingredients:
1 handful fresh sorrel leaves, chopped
4 ounces any smoked fish
Peppers to taste
2 cups water

Directions:
In a large pot with water boil the sorrel for 3 minutes, drain water. Add water, fish and seasoning to pot of sorrel and simmer 10 minutes. Serve over rice or as a soup.

Did you know?
Sorrel has a characteristically sharp acidic taste and contains large amounts of oxalic acid which can interfere with absorption of some minerals. Spinach and broccoli also contain high amounts of oxalic acid.


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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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