February is Black History Month, and here at Oldways we celebrate the month the way we celebrate most things: With a focus on food. If you’ve never tried an authentic African heritage meal from Africa, the Caribbean, South America, or the American South before, then Black History Month is the perfect time to discover why its savory ﬂavors and naturally healthy features make African heritage cuisine the next big food trend.
To commemorate Black History Month, Oldways is challenging everyone to enjoy one dish per week, at home or at a local restaurant, that is inspired by the cuisines of African American ancestors and Oldways’ African Heritage Diet Pyramid. By preparing an Oldways African heritage recipe or venturing out to a new restaurant, you can:
- Dance your way through the spices, textures, and aromas of West African stews, Jollof rice, golden black-eyed pea fritters, and traditional fufu—a pleasing starchy vegetable mash that’s so thick, you use it like a roll or bread for dipping!
- Or head further east and eat with your hands! Ethiopian restaurants are gaining much acclaim and popularity, even without silverware—these ﬂavorful dishes are enjoyed with a special bread called injera that you use as your spoon.
- Escape to the savory, tropical comfort foods of the Caribbean and Latin America, or the bright spices, smoked ﬁsh, and banana dishes of South America.
- Or rediscover the early farm-to-table cuisines of African American ancestors.
Ready to get started in the kitchen, in February or any time? Learn more about the African Heritage Diet in our A Taste of African Heritage (ATOAH) cooking classes! Find a class near you in our class directory, or sign up for more information about becoming a teacher. Anyone can get certiﬁed to spread the word about this healthy and delicious lifestyle!
For more information on participating in the Oldways African Heritage and Health program, please contact Johnisha Levi.