The mongongo tree, nut, or manketti tree (schinziophyton rautanenii) is a large, spreading tree that can reach 15-20 meters tall. The tree is native to Southern Africa and is well adapted to the Kalahari sand soil-type meaning the tree is drought resistant and thrives in harsh environments.
The Mongongo tree has provided food and skin care oil for local people for more than 7000 years. The egg shaped, velvety fruit yields a thin layer of nutritious pulp and a hard-cased, oil-rich kernel, similar in appearance to a small hazelnut, with the taste of a roasted cashew or almond.
The fruit can be eaten fresh or dried, boiled to remove the tough outer skin and mashed into porridge, or fermented to give a refreshing beer. The nuts can be eaten raw or roasted or turned into a paste as a thickener. The oil is also used in cooking.
Today women collect nuts and sell them to cosmetics companies.
Miracle Berry is a fruit native to Africa. It is called miracle because of its miraculous powers. This amazing fruit can literally change sour food to sweet.
West Africans have historically used the fruit to enhance the taste and sweeten foods like palm wine.
Because of its ability to turn sour food sweet, people now use the fruit as a sweetener especially people with diabetes or people who want to limit their sugar intake.
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Africa is full of wonderful fruits, although they don’t get the attention they deserve. The fruit I am about to introduce to you is absolutely amazing. A few of you have probably have heard of it, but I am willing to bet that the majority of you probably have not heard of it even though it has been in use since ancient times.
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This African species (Vigna subterranea) is a low-growing legume, not unlike its famous relative in appearance. Often called Bambara groundnut, it is conventionally classified a bean, but its seeds are actually dug from the ground like peanuts. To outsiders, only the shape seems unusual: the pods are larger and rounder than peanut shells and the seeds inside are shaped more like peas than peanuts. Those spherical legumes are, however, exceptionally tasty and nutritious. They are also attractive—appearing in varying colors and patterns, characterized by pretty local names such as dove eyes, nightjar, and butterfly.
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Ancient Africans domesticated lots of grains and some are still consumed throughout the world, one such grain is pearl millet.
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