Africa is often portrayed as a starving continent, which is ignoring the fact that centuries before colonizers began depleting the region of its resources, Africans had advanced food systems in place. When enslaved Africans were taken to the Americas, they brought their culinary wisdom with them, forever changing the way we cook and consume food.

Since the 17th century, When Africans were forced into slavery in the New world, they and their descendants have had a round impact on what Americas grow and eat. Watermelon, Okra, Yams, and some peppers are all indigenous in Africa.

Here are seven  foods that originated in Africa that remain popular today:

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