African foods are unrefined natural products often grown at subsistence level across that continent.
From the estuaries of the Zambezi basin to the plains of Ashante, far afield to castles in Casablanca, Calabar, Lagos, Lome to the legendary port of Alexandria, African cuisines are prepared from ingredients made from cassava, millet, sorghum, cocoyam, rice, beans, matoke, plantain, palm oil, yam, fish, poultry, bush meat, beef, and an array of fruits and vegetables. And more. And more.
Despite the advances made in communication, many folks still wonder and ask: What do Africans eat? Is that your experience too? African foods are largely made of natural whole foods from grains, legumes, roots and tubers as well as a vast array of fruits, seeds, nuts and vegetables as listed above.
They are usually food items rich in dietary fibers and low in refined sugars and additives, often gluten free, providing a balanced highly nutritional diet when properly prepared and eaten.
Most fruits like mangoes, bananas, oranges, pawpaw, pineapples, coconuts and a host of other "tropical fruits" known in the Western world comes from Africa or The Caribbeans. They are every day fruits found growing near most homes in African towns and cities and make part of the African dessert.
You will find on this site a wealth of information on authentic African cuisines and foods eaten across the continent. We invite you to digest top info and facts about African foods here and see why it became pertinent to provide the information you are about to devour.
Facts about African foods understandably, will be better related by Africans themselves.
That not much is known about foods from Africa stems from the fact that individuals from that extraction are yet to take the message of African dishes and foods outside their continent and sell it as vigorously as the Asians have done to their food, that in many parts of the Western world, Indian foods and Indian Restaurants, Chinese foods and Chinese Restaurants and even Thai foods and Thai Restaurants are so well known that they eclipse traditional Western cuisines in certain districts.
That is about to change. In many parts of London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Toronto and indeed many big western cities, you are now sure to find food shops, stores and restaurants, offering delicious African cuisines that are as tantalizing and nutritious as foods from anywhere else in the world.
Africans, through their foods, as is their unique culture and values, bring exciting diversity and beauty to the human race and experience and offer opportunities to all others to explore such cuisines and find an exquisite delight in the taste of Africa.
Africans, wherever they are, 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 into a variety of finished products and serve these to their family or household, all enjoying their meal round the table or by the fire side.
Meal times are sacrosanct. This is when ancestral stories are told. In some communities though, children are often 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.
Here are top facts about African foods you probably never knew of:
Apart from genuine information about African foods, you would be sure to be able to access top African food recipes here. We have included leading recipes from most African countries and continue to grow the list of recipes from all over the continent.
You would also be able to get information on the health and nutritional benefits of these foods, where available. We also aim to help you on a wide range of issues, including:
Where ever you are, join hands and let's make African cuisines and foods more accessible to the enjoyment of all.
We are working to provide original videos on African cuisines and recipes from across the continent.
You would be able to access most of them through our Youtube page.
If you have a favorite African dish you enjoy and can produce a short video on how to prepare it, why not share it here? Please contact us now and let's create a page for your special video.
"You are what you eat". Because of the unique nature of our food, we have some health advantage and indeed some disadvantages too, depending on what exactly you choose to eat, how you prepare your meal, and other related eating and dieting habits.
We would be bringing you evidenced based write ups on healthy eating tips for the African stomach researched and written by health professionals with experience in this area. One of such is the page on Healthy Eating Tips.
Watch this space.
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