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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.

Green banana stew for dinner tonight

Bananas are perhaps best known for their yellow color, health benefits and potassium, fiber and natural sugars but did you know:


Bananas float in water.

Bananas are the most popular fruit in the world.

Banana skins can be red, pink, purple, or black.

There are more than 1,000 varieties of bananas grown and eaten throughout the world. Bananas are a part of the world’s fourth most important food crop and are the main ingredient of countless recipes and income for more than 70 million Africans.

Being the world’s fourth most significant food crop the carbon footprint of the banana is important to consume less energy.

Green banana stew for dinner tonight

There are various types of banana unique to Africa, and these can be eaten fresh, cooked, fried and processed to be served as baby food, juice, and beer. East African Highland cooking banana and plantain makes up approximately 70% of all bananas grown on the continent.

People living in the highlands of central Africa eat more bananas than anyone else does in the world, deriving 35% of their daily calories from the crop. African countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, and Cameroon, per capita consumption exceeds 440 pounds of banana a year.

In the lowland of the Congo basin, farmers grow a greater diversity of plantains than anywhere in the world. Moreover, these perennial plants are the backbone of many farming systems as they produce fruits the year-round, protect the soil from erosion, and survive floods, drought, and civil conflict.

Approximately 75% of production in Africa is local bananas that have been present on the continent for over 1,000 years. These are mostly cooking bananas that are popular and important staple food. While you can eat the ripe yellow banana immediately after peeling, the green banana is best eaten cooked.

African food recipes are easy to make at home.

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Green bananas growing on African soil

Fish and Green Banana Stew

Ingredients
4 medium fresh fish filets
12 green bananas peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
1/4 cup freshly ground peanut butter
3 large tomatoes, sliced
2 medium onions, diced
1 hot chili pepper, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Chili pepper to taste
1 tablespoon palm oil

Directions
In a large pot over medium heat add palm oil and onions cook until soft, stir in peanut butter. Add green bananas, tomatoes, fish, and spices, cover and simmer 10 minutes. Serve over rice or as a stew.

Curried Green Bananas Recipe

Ingredients
6 green bananas, peeled and sliced lengthways
2 tablespoons curry powder
2 cups of coconut milk
1 hot chili pepper, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Chili pepper to taste
2 tablespoons palm oil

Directions
In a large fry pan, saute the ground curry powder in the oil for one minute. Add the sliced plantain and fry until lightly colored. Add chili, salt, and coconut milk and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve over rice.
 
Cooking with green bananas for dinner

Green Banana Silver Dollar Pancakes

Ingredients
6 green bananas, peeled
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fine cornmeal
1 large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon palm oil
Vegetable oil for cooking

Directions
Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat adding 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Meanwhile, grate the green bananas to a fine pulp. Add chopped onion, cornflour, salt, palm oil, and beaten egg. Mix well to give a dropping consistency and drop in spoonfuls into a frying pan coated thinly with hot cooking oil. Fry on each side until brown. Serve as a snack or as a side dish with cheese and tomato sauce.
Just so you know about the ingredients you are cooking with:

What is Palm Oil
The palm oil tree is also known as Elaeis Guineensis and is native to West and Southwest Africa. Nearly 85% of the world’s palm oil comes from Indonesia and Malaysia; the other major growing countries are Thailand, Colombia, Nigeria, and Papua New Guinea. 
 

Palm oil fat is the world’s most popular and most purchased vegetable oil making up about 35% of the total international trade in cooking oils. The Palm oil tree has many uses in West Africa, palm oil is a major food item and it is typically used for making goods with its natural flavor and red color having a unique effect on a dish.

Palm oil can be harvested 12 months of the year and is indigenous to West Africa. Palm oil trees naturally grow along the 300 mile coastline strip from The Gambia to Angola. Palm oil is produced in countries in which there are large percentages of the world’s rain forests. Rainforests are being destroyed to make way for palm oil farms, as demand for palm oil grows worldwide.
 
Market day in Uganda Africa

The Banana Carbon Footprint

Bananas are an important product worldwide but besides Dole Fruit Company and MIT, few carbon footprint analysis has been researched. Dole's research on banana's carbon footprint is on Dole owned banana plantations produced in Costa Rica and distributed in Germany.

The term carbon footprint is used to describe the number of greenhouse gases generated by an item or activity. It is expressed in carbon dioxide equivalent, amount of carbon dioxide that would have the same impact on climate change, and has been widely used over the past decade for environmental assessment.

The calculation of a carbon footprint of a product is the sum of all materials, energy, and waste across all life cycle activities thereof, multiplied by emission factors and global warming potentials. The carbon footprint of the banana industry is spread across the entire operation.

The banana carbon footprint is divided into three steps of production and packing, transport and shipping, and ripening bananas. Keep in mind only 15%–20% of world banana production is traded globally, the biggest banana producing countries in Africa export very little and keep most for domestic consumption.
 
Green bananas for dinner in DRC Africa

More easy breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes to make right now so you never have to eat or prepare a boring meal again.

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  3. Senegalese Chicken Vermicelli
  4. Chadian Steamed Honey Cassava Buns
  5. Nigerian Breakfast Fried Akara and Ogi

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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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