African Foods & Cuisine
Your Authoritative Guide To The Flavours of Africa

Welcome to The Home of Authentic African Food Information And Recipes.

African Foods: The African Way.

African foods are as diverse as the continent itself. Ingredients and preparation methods vary due to climate differences and outside influences, but there are some distinct commonalities.

Across the African continent, food is typically unrefined, natural, and grown at a subsistence level. Also, African recipes from North to South, East to West, include a variety of flavourful spices.

Despite advances in communication, many still wonder and ask: 
What do Africans eat? So, let me tell you.

From the estuaries of the Zambezi basin to the plains of Ashante, far afield to castles in Casablanca, Calabar, Lagos, and Lome to the legendary port of Alexandria, African cuisine is prepared from ingredients such as those that follow.

Foods Used in Cooking African Cuisine

  • cassava
  • millet
  • sorghum
  • cocoyam
  • rice
  • beans

  • matoke
  • plantain
  • palm oil
  • yam
  • fish
  • poultry

  • bush meat
  • beef
  • an array of fruits and vegetables
  • ...and more. 

Authentic African dishes are rich in dietary fiber and low in refined sugars and additives. Also, they are mostly gluten free, and made with natural whole foods, including grains, legumes, roots and tubers, and a vast array of fruits, seeds, nuts and vegetables. When properly prepared, these dishes provide a balanced, highly nutritional diet.

A host of "tropical fruits" (as they are known in the Western world) come from Africa and the Caribbean. Fruits like mangoes, bananas, oranges, pawpaw, pineapples, and coconuts can be found growing near most homes in African towns and cities. These fruits are the key ingredient(s) in many African desserts.

I invite you to stay a while and learn more about authentic African foods and cuisine. And, let me to introduce you to African cooking and all of the delicious, nutritious African recipes YOU can prepare in your own kitchen.



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You'll find everything you need here!

Egusi soupDelicious Egusi Soup: Usually Served With Pounded Yam.
  • Genuine information about African foods
  • Authentic African food recipes
  • A growing list  of recipes from all over the African continent
  • Information on the health and nutritional benefits of African foods 
  • Healthy eating tips
  • Typical African breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes, as well as party and special event dishes from across Africa
  • Quick and easy African meals
  • Gluten-free African recipes
  • African slow cooker/crock pot recipes
  • Access to where to buy African foods online and get them delivered to your door
  • Locations of African restaurants and food stores near you
  • The opportunity to contribute your African stories here and get them published!

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Wherever you are, let's join hands and make African cuisine more accessible to all!

Did You Know?

  • There are about 54 different countries in Africa with over 1000 completely different  tribes and cultures, each culture having different foods and staples.
  • Most recipes from Africa are based on stews made from vegetable sauce with meat or fish. and served with fufu, mashed boiled tubes, or oven fried grains.
  • Traditional African foods are amongst the healthiest in world because they are devoid of refinements and provide rich fibre, prebiotics and are largely gluten free - no wonder many bowel diseases and conditions like Crohn's or ulcerative colitis are almost unheard of in those whose meals are mainly African in composition
  • Though often thought to be very expensive, you can get foods from the African continent in many shops around the world or have it delivered to your door with the click of your mouse.  

More Facts About African Foods and Cuisine

African foods: Often quite spicy!

African foods are not as familiar in the Western world as are Asian foods such as Indian, Chinese and Thai, mainly due to individuals from that extraction not vigorously sharing their African dishes outside of the continent. 

In many parts of the Western world, Indian food and restaurants, Chinese food and restaurants and even Thai food and restaurants are so well known that they eclipse traditional Western cuisines in certain districts, but not African food. That is about to change. 

You can now find food shops, stores and restaurants, offering delicious African cuisine that is as tantalizing and nutritious as foods from anywhere else in the world like London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Toronto and other big western cities

Meal times are sacrosanct. This is when ancestral stories are told.  In some communities though, children are dissuaded from speaking during meal times to prevent choking. Morals are taught at such times too. Community and societal values are reinforced. It is that time of the day every member of the family looks forward to.

Africans present their unique culture and values through their foods, adding exciting diversity and flavors to the dining experience. They invite all others to explore their cuisine and discover the  exquisite delight in the taste of Africa.

Africans take pride in cooking and eating carefully prepared meals, devoid of modern day refinements and contamination. They seek natural produce, fresh from the farms near their homes, prepare them in a variety of ways, and serve these to their family or household to enjoy around the table or by the fire side.

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