Black History Month

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At The Healthy Dish I’ve been writing about the foods from Africa in the Americas. Healthy African foods have been part of the America culinary scene in the U.S.A., throughout the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico. For example, George Washington Carver who was born a slave invented peanut butter and hundreths of other products. George Crum, a Native American/African American, invented the potato chips in 1853.

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Some Famous African Americans (Attribution Credit: Margarita Persico / Website: www.thehealthydish.com/black-history-month/ ) May use under Creative Commons attributions with link back to www.thehealthydish.com/black-history-month/ or www.thehealthydish.com

The first healthy foods I ate came from the Afro-Caribbean (along with Taino and European) culinary culture. I grew up eating them, though never labeled as African American or African Caribbean food. They were my family’s food — part of my heritage. In New York City where I grew up and later in Puerto Rico where I did my undergraduate, those foods where part of our much loved culinary heritage. They were the foods my parents prepared every day. Food and stories about them that I’m sharing at TheHealthyDish.com with my readers. One of my favorite is ‘Arroz con gandules’ (rice with pigeon beans), okra, yuca, also known as cassava, black eye peas (cowpea), millet, sorghum, teff, collard greens and other foods have been a product of the merger of our cultures over 300 years ago. Puerto Rico is a clear example of 500 years of American history where our food — the Native American, European and African American converges — in that order. To find information and recipes on my blog, do a recipe search. Type: Africa, or whatever search term. You will find several pages of recipes and perhaps articles on the topic of Africa, though most on food — and of course healthy and gluten free, which usually comes naturally in this culinary culture. Below I’ve shared links to many of my favorite foods with African ties.

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African Food for America

Out of Africa and into America – “Gandules” – Pigeon pea (and recipe)

About Okra – Quimbombó Recipe

Collard Greens – Soul Food

The Coffee Experience

A Journal on Making the Traditional Puerto Rican Pasteles

Africa – search on my blog

Collard Greens

Potential Toxic Common Denominator in Cassava (Yuca), Apple Seeds, Apricot Pits

Green Feast! Collard Greens, Kale, etc.

Healthy Recipes

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Black History Month’s “Famous African Americans chart” above you may use only under Creative Commons attributions and link back here as stated below:

Attribution Credit: Margarita Persico / Website: www.thehealthydish.com/black-history-month/  – AND link back to this page.

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Great article! Thank you for all the fantastic information!
    Will be checking in on your website for more recipes besides all the great historical information you put out for us!
    Thank you VERY much!

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