Wherever we live in the globe, our agriculture, food, family ceremonies, and culture bind us to our countries. Within the African continent, there’s a vast diversity of food culture, often drawn from the kinds of fruits, vegetables, and cereals that grow well in the region. The traditional foods of Africa from the domestic perspective would center around fruit, nuts, bulbs, wild game, and leaves. Over the years, there have been sways on indigenous people’s food, like the introduction of maize, which has become an essential part of traditional African cuisine that many people believe the maize to be an indigenous crop.
Traditional flavors of Africa are appreciated as being delicious, hearty food. Each country has its own specializations unique to their culture and is thoroughly enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. One thing is for sure when traveling Africa: you will be blown away by the beauty, and you’ll also be in awe of the culinary pleasures! African people see cooking and sharing meals to show their respect and love to those around them.
Africans take pride in their traditional dishes, of which some have become their staple food. Other dishes could simply be a traditional recipe passed through generations while representing status or have social elements or beliefs.
Mielie Pap is one of the most authentic African dishes, enjoyed not just by South Africans but by many African nations and cultures. The recipe is primarily mashed mielies, but almost stew can be added to the dish. Mielie pap can be eaten for dinner, lunch, or breakfast, it is easy to prepare. It’s inexpensive and incredibly filling. Mielie pap is called Sadza in Zimbabwe, and they love it mostly with beef stew popularly known as Sadza ne Nyama. East Africans, especially Kenyans love mielie pap with roasted meat commonly known as Ugali na Nyama Choma, “Nyama Choma,” which translates as “roast meat.” Kenyans love Nyama Choma, and it is the preferred means of celebrating birthdays, weddings, and visiting guests – a proper barbecue get-together. In Botswana, mielie pap is served along with meat stew made from off-cuts of goat (neck, leg, and back), which is called Seswaa. Apart from Mielie pap, among famous South African dishes is Samp with Beans. Samp with Beans is a traditional dish of the Nguni people of South Africa. Referred to as Isistambu by the Zulu people and Umngqusho by the Xhosa people
East Africans, especially Kenyans love mielie pap with roasted meat commonly known as Ugali na Nyama Choma, “Nyama Choma,” which translates as “roast meat.” Kenyans love Nyama Choma
There is such an emphasis placed on local flavors, you’ll find intriguing variations on dishes at every destination you visit. In some cases, the base recipe may stay the same, but the choice of region-specific ingredients always puts a fresh spin on your dish. Africa is home to different cultures and cooking styles, many of which you’ll experience as you travel with us. Find your favorite blending in one of our African-inspired dishes and bring the region’s flavors into your own hometown. There are many more traditional dishes to be experienced in Africa, so go ahead and taste everything you can when visiting Africa!