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AFRICAN FOOD TRIVIA

Biltong is the South African form of Jerky.  It is cut thicker than jerky, up to an inch thick, and is made from most any type of meat - beef, game meats or even ostritch.

Coffee was first cultivated in Ethiopia.

A large edible caterpillar, the Mopane Worm, forms the basis of a multi-Million Rand trade in the Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

Africa accounts for more than 50% of world cassava production.

Miracle fruit is a tropical African plant whose small red fruit has a very unusual property. When the fruit is eaten, anything bitter or sour tastes sweet.

Okra is native to tropical areas of Africa, and was cultivated in Egypt in the 12th century.

The world's leading producer of cloves is the island of Pemba, 30 miles off the east coast of Africa, and is part of Tanzania.

There are several edible species of locusts, and they are important food sources in some areas, especially Africa. They can be grilled, roasted or boiled, and also ground to a paste.

Watermelons are native to southern Africa.

West Africa is the source of 70% of the world's cocoa beans.
 

 

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