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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. The Republic of the Congo is one of the most urbanized countries in Africa.
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Spice Cumin
Cumin Spice, Cumin Indigenous Medicine
Cumin is an ancient spice grown in Egypt and used since antiquity in traditional healing systems.
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Spice Cumin
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Cumin seeds are sometimes used whole, but more commonly they are ground into powder.
What does cumin taste like?
Cumin has an unmistakable flavor, when a dish is flavored with cumin; it has a nutty peppery slightly smoky flavor.
Where does cumin come from?
Cumin is one of the earliest cultivated herbs in Africa. Cumin is a low-growing annual herb of the Nile valley, but cultivated in the Mediterranean region, Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, India, China, and Palestine from very early times and is a strong tasting herb.
How does cumin grow?
Cumin can grow outdoors, in containers, and hydroponics. Cumin plants are known to attract beneficial insects. The plants mature in about 2 - 3 months, when the stems are cut and dried in the shade. Cumin is grown for its seeds that are used whole or ground. To harvest seeds, allow pod to ripen and turn brown. Remove from the plant and dry. Rub pods to remove the seeds. The whole stem can be cut and hung upside down in a bag to collect the seeds. Use fresh or store in an airtight container.
What is cumin used for?
Cumin is a common spice in Middle Eastern, Indian, and Mexican cuisines as curry powder and in pickles, pastry and soups. The seeds should be roasted before being used to bring out the aroma.
What are other uses for cumin?
Those who take cumin as a medicine do so for digestion problems including diarrhea, gas and as a diuretic. Cumin may also lower blood sugar levels. Cumin seeds are rich sources of essential oils and have been actively researched for their chemical composition and biological activities. In the Moroccan traditional medicine, cumin seeds are used as diuretics and given to treat diabetes and hypertension. In traditional medicine of Tunisia, cumin is given to new mothers to increases milk supply and as an antiseptic.
Did you know?
When using whole cumin seed, toast the seeds in advance to get the best flavor possible.
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.
From Jollof to Injera: A Journey Through African Food Culture Africa is a vast continent larger than Europe, Antarctica, and Australia combined. Africa is also larger than North and South America combined. With a continent that large with a diverse range of cultures and food no most popular food is the favorite food throughout Africa. The ingredients and recipes of the cuisine varies greatly from region to region in Africa. However, if we must choose, five of the most popular African dishes are Jollof rice, Tagine, Injera, Bobotie and Ndolé. Jollof Rice is a spicy and flavorful dish made with rice, tomatoes, onions, and a variety of spices. It is a staple dish in West Africa and is often served with chicken, beef, or fish. Tagine is a slow-cooked stew of meat, vegetables, and spices that is a popular dish in North Africa. It is typically served with couscous or bread. Injera is a sourdough flatbread that is a staple in Ethiopian cuisine. It is typically served with stews or curries
Popular Bike riding routes in The Gambia Africa. Bike riding is a popular activity in The Gambia, with many locals and tourists enjoying the experience of cycling through the country's beautiful scenery. The Gambia is a relatively small country in West Africa and its flat terrain makes it an ideal place for cycling. There are several routes in The Gambia that are popular with cyclists. One of the most scenic is the coastal road that runs from the capital city of Banjul to the Senegalese border. This road offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and passes through several fishing villages and towns. Abuko Nature Reserve is a popular destination for nature lovers, and a bike tour is a great way to explore the reserve's flora and fauna. The reserve is home to many species of birds, monkeys, reptiles, and other wildlife. The tour takes you through the reserve's trails and provides an opportunity to see the wildlife up close. Fathala Wildlife Reserve is located just acros
How to make the popular African recipes Ugali and Fufu and what is the difference. Ugali is a starch dish in Kenya and Tanzania made of fine cornmeal cooked in boiling water into a soft dough. Fufu is a thick, dough-like West African food made by boiling then pounding a starchy vegetable such as yam, plantain, or cassava or a mixture of starchy vegetables. The main difference between fufu and ugali is fufu is boiled first then pounded while ugali is simply boiled. Ugali recipe. Easy Ugali Recipe Prep time 5 minutes Cook time 30 minutes Total time 30 minutes Ingredients 4 cups finely ground cornmeal 8 cups water Directions Heat water to boiling in a saucepan. Slowly pour cornmeal into boiling water stirring continuously. Add more cornmeal if necessary until it is thick as soft bread dough. Serve immediately with vegetables, stew, or any dish you would use a spoon with to soak up the sauce, ugali is purposely bland tasting on its own. What is the difference between ugali and
Exploring the Timeless Charm and Cultural Significance of the Medina of Marrakech. Medina of Marrakech was founded in 1062 by the Almoravid dynasty famous for its traditional markets. The Medina of Marrakech is the largest and most famous city in Morocco and contains many traditional markets in Jemaa el-Fnaa square. With thousands of vendors selling everything from textiles to ceramics to food, The Medina of Marrakech is a historic walled city located in the heart of Marrakech, Morocco and is considered one of the most important cultural and historical landmarks in Morocco. The Medina is surrounded by walls and is divided into a maze of narrow streets, alleys, and squared. It’s walls were built in the 12th century by the Almohad dynasty. The wall is made of red sandstone and stretches for about 19 kilometers, enclosing an area of approximately 600 hectares. The wall has numerous gates, including the famous Bab Agnaou, Bab Doukkala, Bab el Khemis, Bab el Robb, Bab er-Raha, and Bab A
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