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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.

Egyptian Dukkah Herb Nut Spice Mix

Homemade authentic Egyptian spice mix

Dukkah, or Dukkha is an Egyptian spice mix of countless variations of herbs, toasted nuts and spices sprinkled over eggs, meat, poultry, pasta, rice or vegetables. You can use Dukkah as a rub for grilled ostrich, steak, chicken or fish.

   
Fresh market vendor Matrouh, Egypt
Fresh market vendor Matrouh, Egypt

Dukkha Egyptian spice mix of countless variations of herbs, toasted nuts and spices as a rub for grilled ostrich, steak, chicken or fish.

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 5 min
Total time: 25 min


Egyptian Dukkah Herb Nut Spice Mix


Dukkha Egyptian spice mix of countless variations of herbs, toasted nuts and spices as a rub for grilled ostrich, steak, chicken or fish.

Ingredients:
½ cup cashew nuts toasted and chopped
¼ cup toasted sesame seeds
1 handful chopped fresh coriander leaves
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon salt

Directions:
Mix all ingredients well in an airtight container and store in a dry place.


Egypt Name and Land Facts


Occupying the northeast corner of the African continent, Egypt is filled with a deep history of Africa. Egypt has a desert climate with hot, dry summers and moderate winters. It is located in Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Libya and the Gaza Strip, and the Red Sea north of Sudan, and includes the Asian Sinai Peninsula. The English name Egypt derives from the ancient Greek name for the country Aigyptos, the Arabic name Misr can be traced to the ancient Akkadian misru meaning border or frontier.

About the population and people of Egypt


Most of the country is desert, so about 95% of the population is concentrated in a narrow strip of fertile land along the Nile River, which represents only about 5% of Egypt’s land area. Egypt is the most populous country in the Arab world and the third most populous country in Africa, behind Nigeria and Ethiopia. Around 42 percent of Egyptians are urbanites while 58 percent are rural dwellers.

Brief look at Egypt’s economy


Agriculture, hydrocarbons, manufacturing, and especially tourism drive the Egyptian economy. Other major exports are crude oil and petroleum products, fruits and vegetables, cotton, textiles, metal products, chemicals, and processed food. Egypt is bisected by the highly fertile Nile valley where most economic activity takes place.

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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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