Spicy Foods Make West Africans Cooler
Ghana, Gambia, Nigeria, Togo, Mali, Sierra Leone, Benin, Senegal, Guinea, the Ivory Coast - these are the countries of West Africa. Unlike North Africa, these countries absorbed surprisingly little from their European settlers. The biggest international culinary exchange for the West African nations unfortunately came about because of the slave trade. Anyone who has grown up in the southern United States has had, probably without knowing it, dishes whose heritage begins in Africa. Similarly, the ships that sailed to Africa brought with them some of the indigenous crops of the Americas. Together, these factors helped create today's African diet.