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The Many Roots of African American Cooking

Feb 21 2010
Instructions
thumbnail foodways quiz

From the beginning of African American history, African Americans freely combined foodways and ingredients from their African heritage with foods native to Europe and North America. Sometimes, these foodways first met in Africa; sometimes, in the Americas. In each list below, check the item that does not belong.


  1. These foods from the Americas, spread via Portuguese contact, were cultivated widely in West Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.

    Select the item that does not belong:
    A.

    Peanuts

    B.

    Tomatoes

    C.

    Apples

    D.

    Peppers


  2. Introduced to the Americas early in the transatlantic slave trade, these foods were particularly associated with the food preferences of African slaves.

    Select the item that does not belong:
    A.

    Okra

    B.

    Watermelons

    C.

    Pineapples

    D.

    Bananas


  3. These foods, common in Europe and Africa, were introduced to the Americas by the earliest generation of European colonists.

    Select the item that does not belong:
    A.

    Onions

    B.

    Celery

    C.

    Pork

    D.

    Chicken


  4. Grown in Europe but not Africa, these foods were introduced to the Americas by early Europeans colonists.

    Select the item that does not belong:
    A.

    Collards

    B.

    Kale

    C.

    Turnips

    D.

    Potatoes


  5. African slaves newly arrived in America adopted these American foods into their cooking.

    Select the item that does not belong:
    A.

    Sweet potatoes

    B.

    Corn

    C.

    Oats

    D.

    Lima beans