African Peanut Soup


Juneteenth holds deep historical significance, commemorating the long-awaited emancipation of enslaved people of African descent in Texas. The holiday marks a pivotal moment in American history, nearly two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, TX, bearing the news of freedom, igniting jubilant celebrations among the formerly enslaved. This delay in the enforcement of emancipation highlights the systemic challenges and barriers faced by Black communities in accessing their rights and freedom.

Celebratory Foods
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Interestingly, culinary traditions play a significant role in Juneteenth celebrations. One popular culinary fact about this holiday is the tradition of enjoying red foods, symbolizing resilience and perseverance. Red foods like red velvet cake, strawberry soda, and watermelon are commonly served during Juneteenth gatherings, representing the resilience of African Americans throughout their journey to freedom. These vibrant red dishes not only nourish the taste buds but also represent resilience and unity within the community.

In celebration of Juneteenth, the holiday, we’re sharing an array of recipes to celebrate this meaningful day, from classic tomato-based dishes like red velvet cake to strawberries, watermelon, hibiscus tea, and barbecue sauce.

For sides, we have Smokey Greens, Zesty Brussel Sprouts and Collard Greens Sauté, Oldways Healthy Hoppin’ John, Cornmeal-Crusted Okra Bites, and Accara: Black-Eyed Pea Fritters.


Indulge in our delightful desserts, including Amaranth Banana Walnut Bread, Easy Peach Crisp, and Lemon Bars with Tahini Cookie Crust.

Our refreshing salads feature Black-Eyed Pea Salad, Summer Watermelon Salad, Hoppin’ John Salad, and Cucumber Salad.

For poultry and fish options, savor the Suya-Spiced Salmon, Grilled Snapper & Mangoes with Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette, and Sheet Pan Harissa Chicken with Sweet Potatoes & Leeks.

And let’s not forget the cultural riches to explore:

Docuseries and Shows

Get ready to treat your taste buds with these irresistible culinary docuseries and shows:

Books We’re Reading

Dive into these captivating reads and explore the rich tapestry of African American culinary traditions, stories, and recipes.

  • Simply West African: Easy, Joyful Recipes for Every Kitchen: A Cookbook by Pierre Thiam
  • KosherSoul: The Faith and Food Journey of an African American Jew by Michael W. Twitty
  • Praise Song for the Kitchen Ghosts: Stories and Recipes from Five Generations of Black Country Cooks by Crystal Wilkinson

  • Juke Joints, Jazz Clubs, and Juice: A Cocktail Recipe Book: Cocktails from Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks by Toni Tipton Martin

  • Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora by Bryant Terry

  • Watermelon and Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations by Nicole Taylor

  • Gullah Geechee Home Cooking: Recipes from the Matriarch of Edisto Island by Emily Meggett, Kayla Stewart, and Trelani Michelle

  • Sunday Best: Cooking Up the Weekend Spirit Every Day: A Cookbook by Adrienne Cheatham and Sarah Zorn

  • Fix Me a Plate: Traditional and New School Soul Food Recipes from Scotty Scott of Cook Drank Eat by Scotty Scott

  • My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi, Joshua David Stein

  • The Kitchen without Borders: Recipes and Stories from Refugee and Immigrant Chefs by The Eat Offbeat Chefs

  • Meals, Music, and Muses: Recipes from My African American Kitchen by Alexander Smalls and Veronica Chambers

  • Black Girl Baking: Wholesome Recipes Inspired by a Soulful Upbringing by Jerrelle Guy

Additionally, join our exciting, self-paced course for a full immersion into our 6-lesson cooking series, from the comfort of your home and on your own schedule. Each lesson features delicious recipes like Mafe, Jollof Rice, and Tangy Collard Greens, along with cultural history, nutrition insights, and essential cooking skills rooted in Oldways African Heritage Diet. Led by experienced African Heritage and Health Ambassadors, the lessons are packed with engaging videos, cooking demos, printable recipes and handouts, and interactive discussion boards where you can connect with fellow students


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Plus, for a limited time, enjoy $5 off the e-course at checkout with the code “TAKE5JUNE.” Don’t miss out on this flavorful journey!

As we honor Juneteenth and its significance, we encourage everyone to explore local events and initiatives in their communities. Supporting local fundraisers and organizations that advocate for Black communities is not only a meaningful way to commemorate this historic occasion but also fosters inclusivity and positive change. 

Let’s celebrate the resilience, culture, and freedom that define this important day. Take care, and happy Juneteenth!

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