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Wheat bread

Before people began farming, African hunters and gatherers ate mainly wild vegetables (roots and leaves), with some meat and fish and seafood and eggs. They also harvested some wild grain to eat. They got a lot of their fat from palm oil. By 7000 BC, people in North Africa also began herding cattle, imported from Central Asia through West Asia. People milked the cows and made yogurt and cheese.

Around 6000 BC, as the climate changed and the Sahara Desert gradually took over the grasslands, it got harder to get food and so some African people began to farm some of their food. In North Africa and Egypt, people farmed the wheat and barley, lentils and chickpeas that had already been domesticated in West Asia. So these people began to eat mainly pita bread and porridge and barley soups, like the people of West Asia. People in Egypt also made their barley into beer.

Around the same time, African people also got sheep and goats from West Asia. North Africans also fished, especially for tuna.

Learn by doing: eat some dried figs
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Click on these books to buy them at Amazon and learn more:

Food and Recipes of Africa (Kids in the Kitchen.) by Theresa M. Beatty
The People of Africa and Their Food (Multicultural Cookbooks) by Ann Burckhardt

A Taste of West Africa (Food Around the World) by Colin Harris

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