I’ve selected some African-inspired items to keep on hand for everyday use or theme nights. They connect you to a continent thousands of miles away. Browse the list and let us know what tickles your fancy. Enjoy!
Iya Foods Jollof Rice Pilaf Seasoning
A taste and smell of Africa – this bold seasoning offers a depth of flavors and with the right amount of heat. A little goes a long way. As per the packaging, the jollof rice recipe calls for Iya simmering sauce; I substituted a can (14.5 oz.) of diced tomatoes for convenience. It works well. Pair the rice with fried fish and a side salad. Superb!
Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz
This pleasant red wine exudes a subtle berry fragrant. It provides a nice balance of sugar and acid with a tart finish. I enjoyed the 100 percent shiraz with a charcuterie board and chocolate truffles. Product of Paarl, South Africa. Cheers!
Retail price: $12.99
Available: www.jamjarwines.com, Kroger, Whole Foods, Cost Plus World Market and wine stores nationwide
Westrock Coffee Rwanda Select Reserve Dark
This Rwandan-inspired coffee features a delicate aroma and a rich body. It leaves a satisfying bitterness on the tongue unlike other dark roasts. Friends and family like it and the brew complements a glazed donut twist perfectly. Also available in ground and whole beans.
Ukuva i-Africa South Africa Safari BBQ Sauce
This charming bottle contains a delicious barbecue sauce with pungent, yellow curry and small pieces of peaches and apricots. The tangy goodness gives grilled chicken breast a spice of life. The savory condiment also can be used as a marinade. Product of Cape Town, South Africa.
Retail price: $5.99
Size: 8.12 oz.
Available: Cost Plus World Market (In-store and online)
GoAfrica Dark Chocolate Covered Cashews
This scrumptious treat makes a yummy snack. The luscious, semi-sweet chocolate coating adds a dark smoothness to the crunchy nut that produces addictive behaviors. I suggest hiding the bag. Created in partnership with the Cacao and Cashew Cooperatives of Côte d’Ivoire and Nigerian. sources.
Retail price: $12
Size: 8 oz.
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