celebrating Africa…tamarind fruit

Tamarind fruit is a staple in Nile Valley and East Africa. The Tree is also very good because it creates an amazing Habitat for Bees. Tamarind is a very tart and tangy fruit that is even made into a sauce in Kenya! (See the Mombassa style Tamarind Sauce in the 5th Pic). In the United States, we can actually get Tamarind from the Mexicans who import it into their local American markets strait from Mexico 🙂 They use Tamarind to spice a mango drink they call “Mangonada” and u literally suck it off the straw 🙂 The Tamarind was cultivated long ago in Nubia and Ancient Kemet along the Nile river in the regions now called Sudan and “Egypt”. The Indigenous name for the Nile river is “Hapi” which is a water diety. The Greeks named the river ‘Nile’ when they came into the region to study under the initiation systems of the African Scientists in Kemet in the 7th century B.C. The current English name “Egypt” as we know it today originated from an ancient Greek word “Aígyptos.” This Greek form of the word was derived from “Hikuptah” which was a corrupted form of the earlier Kemetic African name “Hwt-ka-Ptah” (Ha-ka-Ptah), which was a temple in the north region of lower Kemet. This original Kemetic name translates to “home of the soul (ka) of Ptah”. This is like Naming the United States after the Washington Monument, but this is what the Greeks did by naming the entire region after an impressive landmark they encountered when they first came into the region, first to study then later invading it. The Africans called their land Kemet, and variations of the name like Kama extended thru the entire continent thru Congo’s (Conkoi) Leopard Society, one of Africa’s oldest Mystery Schools. But this post is about the Tamarind Fruit 🙂🙂 Africa’s fruit harvests are full flavored, sun ripened and free of pesticides and especially in the tropical regions this Harvest continues year round. You could actually harvest corn 3 times a year in this climate, and this is also one of many reasons Africa is so tenatiously valued a bread and mineral basket by the rest of the world . . . . It’s why we call her Mama 🙂

~Dean Brown

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