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The African continent is diverse in many ways. From the thousands of languages spoken, to the variety of ecosystems, Africa is considered to be the richest continent on earth. While there is a common misconception that all of the world’s hungry live in Africa, only a few people are familiar with the abundance of very healthy foods consumed in the continent. Africa is one of these places in the world where you are sure to find amazing and nutritious ethnic food everywhere you go. African superfoods pack an unbelievable punch, and they are filled with all the nutritional value you need to fill up your diet. Take a look at your new dinner menu!

1. Baobab fruit

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The world famous baobab tree is found in most African savannahs. The baobab fruit is full of antioxidants, fibre, potassium, magnesium and iron, which all contribute to stronger immune and digestive systems.

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2. Hibiscus

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Dried hibiscus flowers are used to make a dark red tea that is rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamin C. Either served hot or cold, this tea will boost your immune system. It is generally consumed in the western and northern parts of Africa.

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3. Fonio

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Grown only in the West African Sahel, this super grain may soon dethrone quinoa as the healthy foodie’s favourite! Fonio is high in amino acids and is great when used in stews, porridges or salads.

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4. Tamarind

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This is a great way to get the fibre you need out of a 100-gram serving! The pulp is used to make juices and sauces, and it is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Chefs love it for the amazing sweet and sour flavour it has. It’s commonly used to cure dehydration and hangovers, which is why some East African coastal villages serve tamarind when it’s hot outside.

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5. Pumpkin leaves

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Pumpkin leaves, or ugwul ugu, have been part of diets for ages. The leaves can be eaten fresh or dried, and are commonly steamed like spinach, or sautéed with oils and spices. Pumpkin leaves are filled with vitamin A, C, B, calcium, folate and iron. That is way better than spinach, and if Popeye had been eating this instead, Olive Oyl would have never had any problem!

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6. Teff

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Teff is a fine grain that grows in Ethiopia and Eritrea. It is high in calcium, protein, iron and vitamin C. It is used to make the traditional bread called injera.

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7. Kenkeliba

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Kenkiliba is a tea native to the Sahel. It is a digestive detoxicant and a cure-all remedy.

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8. Moringa

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All parts of the moringa tree are edible. Moringa leaves are full of protein, calcium, iron, vitamin C and vitamin A. Moringa fights stress, lowers blood pressure and even boosts libido.

SEE ALSO: 5 Dangerous Foods You Eat Every Day. Did You Know How Toxic They Were? 

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