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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.

Cooking Lablab Bean Stew

Cooking Lablab Bean Stew

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African njahi lab lab beans recipe is a plant and dish native to Africa

Lablab Bean Recipe

Ingredients

1/2  cup lablab beans

1  ½ cups dry corn

½ teaspoon baking soda

3 peeled green bananas

2 peeled ripe bananas

2 tablespoons salted butter Water to cover

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Soak the dry beans and dry corn overnight with ½ teaspoon baking soda. Then boil one hour with enough water to cover. Add the green bananas boil 15 minutes then drain, add the ripe bananas and butter, salt and pepper to taste. Purée the mixture and serve with stew as a side dish similar to stiff mashed potatoes.

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What is the LabLab Bean

The lablab bean is a climbing, warm-season plant that can grow up to 3 feet, and the climbing vines stretching up to 25 feet from the plant. The Dolichos lablab plant is a lesser known member of the bean family and is known by many names; gerenge in Ethiopia, njahi, Kikuyu and turtle bean in Kenya, gueshrangaig in Egypt, lablab bean, and poor man's bean.

Lablab beans are high in protein, folate, iron, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. The lablab bean seeds contain large amounts of vitamins and minerals, but contain tannins and trypsin inhibitors so the bean must be soaked and cooked before the bean is eaten. The acidity from tannins is what causes your mouth to pucker and trypsin is an enzyme involved in the breakdown of proteins during digestion.

Cooking the lablab bean plant the leaves and pods are cooked like green beans, the flowers are eaten raw or steamed, dried seeds should be boiled in two changes of water before eating. Dry beans make stew and are mostly with a flat bread or rice. The lablab bean is an important food, typically served during traditional ceremonies including weddings. The seeds can be white, cream, pale brown, dark brown, red, black, or spotted depending on variety.


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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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