Category Archives: Africa-North

Green Mint Tea and Beduin Carpets at Mersa Matruh, Egypt

Green Mint Tea and Beduin Carpets at Mersa Matruh, Egypt. Each time I’ve visited Siwa Oasis, located in the Libyan Desert, I’ve stayed a few days at the small, picturesque Mediterranean town of Mersa Matruh – made famous as the camp of Rommel, ‘The … Continue reading

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Multipurpose Crops in Africa & Dates in the Sahara, 1859

Domestication and adoption of crops across Africa has historically rested not just on their eatability, adaptability to agro-climatic conditions, processing procedures, and the like – but also on their ability to serve more that ‘just’ a food function. Looking at the … Continue reading

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A Relish of Caviar-type Worms in The Sahara 1819

 Captain George Francis Lyon, a British naval officer stationed at Malta, was one of the earliest European explorers to have successfully returned to England following his exploits.  His travels included North Africa and parts of the Sudan and Niger area, with a view … Continue reading

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Coffee Customs in Eastern Sudan and Egypt: The Beja Tribes and a Recipe

Revised 14 May 2014 Coffee culture is a central part of both social and political life of the Beja, as it is in many other areas of the Middle East and North Africa.   The original blog, from which this section … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-North, Ceremony, Coffee Ritual, Cuisine, Egypt, Egypt-Ancient, Egypt-Recent, Food, Indigenous crops & medicinal plants, Middle East, Recipes, Red Sea Hills, Social Life, Sudan | Tagged , , , , , | 7 Comments

Race from a local perspective: 19th and 14th Centuries

An earlier blog discussed European concepts of race in the 19th Century and their application to Africa – Inventing Ethnicity; Imagining Agriculture: The ‘Tribes’ of Ham and the ‘Primitive’ Crops of Africa From a local perspective, here are the thoughts … Continue reading

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Spicy, North African Pan-Fried Locusts, 1792

Here is another recipe for locusts, this one with a North African Flare.  It is preceded by brief remarks on the plague of locusts that occurred in Barbary  (N.W. Morocco) in 1792.   An Account of Timbuctoo and Housa Territories … Continue reading

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Barbari in the 16th Century, Us and Them

Andrew Borde’s The First Book of the Introduction of Knowledge (1547) describes the customs and manners of various nations, from the English and their neighbors to the Moors, the Turks, the Egyptians, and the Jews… Below is what Borde has … Continue reading

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