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Breakfast In Africa
Breakfast In Africa
By Mr Breakfast

Breakfast on the African Continent varies greatly from region to region. Neighboring cultures exude a great influence in Northern Africa while South African breakfasts have become defined by European and American settlers.

North Africa shares a proximity to the Middle East in both location and cuisine. While a typical breakfast in the Northern African countries of Egypt and Tunisia will probably consist of coffee or tea and a bread item (usually made with sorghum or millet), it is not unusual to see the following regional items on a breakfast plate: fish from the countries' numerous sea ports, peppers and spices usually associated with the Middle East, bean dishes, and stews or gruels made from beans and corn. Yogurt is a popular breakfast item in North Africa, as are eggs (but not nearly to the extent found in Europe and America).

"Falafel" - little deep-fried bean burgers served in pita bread - are popular at breakfast in Egypt and Sudan, as is "Ful" - a spread or stew made from fava beans also served on pita.

In both Eastern and Western Africa, breakfast is usually very simple fare. Again, bread is the most popular item. In the West African country of Cameroon, beignets are common and are often dipped in "bouilli", a sweet and sticky liquid derived from corn. Egg dishes are not unusual, but don't be surprised if your omelet is filled with beans or sardines instead of ham and cheese.

Breakfast In AfricaThroughout Africa, especially in poverty ridden areas, a common breakfast is gruel made from cassava, millet, rice, or corn - depending on the ingredients available in the region. Fresh fruit is always popular where available. Coconuts and bananas are particularly prevalent.

In South Africa, decades of colonization - by Europeans (mainly the French and the English) - have left their imprint on the breakfast table. In urban areas especially, English or American style breakfasts dominate, with eggs and bread goods leading the way.

Breakfast Cereals Found In Africa:

Funkydz Frosted FlakesFunkydz Chocolate Rice CrunchiesFunkydz Strawberry Rice Crunchies
Otees Multigrain Toasted CerealSunny-Bisk Crispy Whole Wheat BiscuitPronutro Banana Flavour
Power Mix Energy Boost Breakfast CerealMama Themba's Ezee Pap

1st Row: Funkydz Frosted Flakes; Funkydz Chocolate Rice Crunchies; Funkydz Strawberry Rice Crunchies

2nd Row: Otees Multigrain Toasted Cereal; Sunny-Bisk Crispy Whole Wheat Biscuit; Pronutro Banana Flavour ("4 meals-in-1 one breakfast cereal")

3rd Row: Power Mix Energy Boost Breakfast Cereal; Mama Themba's Ezee Pap (Vacuum Packed Stiff Maize Porridge - Pre-cooked)

Try these African Breakfast Recipes:

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