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Botanical Explorations in 19th C. Central Africa: Wild Yams

Prior to the introduction of bananas, plantains, sweet potatoes, cassava and beans, yams provided one of the basic daily foods in tropical areas of sub-Saharan Africa.  As Baker explains here, in  the 1860s, a variety of the ‘yam tribe’ were … Continue reading

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More about Vegetable Butter in West and East Africa

Shea butter, a vegetable butter made from the nuts of an African tree, is known throughout the West.  A while back I talked about it in this blog. There are other works by colonial explorers that mention vegetable butters, some of … Continue reading

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Obesity: A Sign of Wealth in 19th Century Africa

At home in Kisoona: During their attempt to reach Lake Albert to the N.W. of what is today Uganda, Sir Baker and his wife Lady Florence were forced to spend a number of weeks at the large village of Kisoona until the … Continue reading

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