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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. The Republic of the Congo is one of the most urbanized countries in Africa.

Two Ways to Cook Pumpkins Roasted and Toasted

Fresh sugar pumpkins and pumpkin seeds are popular African recipe ingredients. Pumpkins are a gourd growing on vines popular in Uganda and South Africa.

Pumpkins are one of the most popular fruits in Africa used in countless African food recipes. Pumpkins are a fruit botanically despite most people considering pumpkins a vegetable. They are eaten many different African food recipes used in stews, side dishes, and baking. 

The taste is slightly sweet when ripe and bitter when green however all pumpkins are a good source of beta-carotene. The African pumpkin weighs between 5 and 50 pounds in many different oval shapes. 

The rind varies in color from light to dark green when immature and light orange to beige when mature, and can be smooth or rough with the flesh orange in color when mature.

Pumpkins are a popular African food recipe so let's make roasted fresh pumpkins and toasted pumpkin seeds.

Roasted African Pumpkin Recipe

Roasted African Pumpkin Recipe

2 pounds fresh sugar pumpkins cut into bite size pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 475°F. Seed and peel pumpkin then cut into 3-inch medium pieces. Toss with oil and seasonings; place in large shallow heavy baking pans, spreading in 1 layer. Roast pumpkin turning over halfway through cooking, until tender and starting to caramelize, 35 to 45 minutes.

What is a pumpkin.

Pumpkins are a gourd fruit that grows on vines particularly popular in Uganda and South Africa where pumpkins grow naturally well in rich African soil. 

In South Africa pumpkins are produced on a large scale in the Mpumalanga Highveld and Lowveld; Vryburg in North West; Western Cape and Vereeniging in Gauteng areas. 

Pumpkins can be stored for a period of 1 month to 3 months. Fresh pumpkin leaves are used as vegetables in many African food dishes, the same way as spinach as well as pumpkin seeds can be roasted and eaten as a snack. Here is the perfect recipe for pumpkin seeds.

African Street Food Recipe Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Recipe Toasted Pumpkin Seeds 

1 cup unshelled pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon palm oil or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt

Boil pumpkin seeds for 8-10 minutes in salted water. Add oil to heated frying pan, drain seeds and lightly toast. Serve as a snack. 

Cooking African food recipes utilizes the entire pumpkin plant; pumpkin leaves, seeds, and the pumpkin itself  to make for delicious clean eating.

Want more recipes from the African continent that use vegetables, rice and simple grilled chicken as ingredients? Check this out in our African food recipes section.

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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