South African Cuisine

Nadia Chase

Seasonal Climate

Mostly semiarid, subtropical along east coast; sunny days, cool nights.

  • Summer (Mid-October to Mid-February): Hot, sunny weather, often afternoon thunderstorms that clear up quickly, leaving a warm, earthy, uniquely African smell in the air.
  • Autumn ( Mid-February to April): Offers the best weather in some aspects. Very little rain falls over the whole country, its warm but not to hot.
  • Winter (May to July): Characterized in the higher-lying areas of the interior plateau by dry, sunny, crisp days and cold nights.
  • Spring (August to Mid-October): The grey winter is forgotten as thousands of small, otherwise insignificant plants cover the plains in an iridescent carpet of flowers.
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Climate affect food production

The climate will affect in 4 dimensions:

  • Food Availability
  • Food Accessibility
  • Food Utilization
  • Food Systems Stability

South Africa Geography

South Africa is a medium-size country. Total land area of slightly more than 1.2 million square kilometers. Measures about 1,600 km north to south, roughly the same east to west coastline stretching more than 2,500.the country lies between latitudes 22° and 35°S, and longitudes 16° and 33°E.

Main Agricultural products

  • Avocados
  • Litchis
  • Guavas
  • Bananas
  • Peanuts
  • Green Chilies
  • Onions
  • Sweet Corn
  • Cereals and Grains
  • Sunflower
  • Beans and Soybeans

How large is South Africa?

471,000 square miles, 51.19 million people live in South Africa
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Languages spoke in South Africa.

Native South African languages are roughly divided into 4 families: Nguni; Sotho; Tsonga; or Shangana; and Venda. Most black South Africans speak Nguni language ( Zulu, Xhosa are the most prominent languages) Sotho language dominate Centeral South Africa. Typical mixture is Zulu and Xhosa and Zulu and Sotho.


  • Christian = 68% ( most whites coloreds, about 60% of blacks and about 40% of Indians?
  • Muslim=2%
  • Hindu=1.5%
( 60% of Indians are either Muslim or Hindu)

Native Customs and Beliefs

South Africa is a very multicultural society and therefore has many different customs.

  • The wealth of a Zulu man is determined by how many cattle, goats and sheep he owns.
  • A boy among the Xhosa is a ‘thing’ and not a person until he has been through the Tribe’s circumcision rite.
  • In Ndebele society it is women who adorn themselves and their dress becomes increasingly spectacular after marriage and with age.
  • Each San believes that he knows what animal he was in his former life.

Special Holidays

September 24: Heritage Day

  • Nelson Mandela used the phrase " Rainbow Nation" to describe all the different cultures in South Africa
April 27: Freedom Day

  • The day in 1997 when the new constitution took effect ( Basically it is like out Independence Day)

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Major foods

Beef Jerkey, Beef or Pork sausages, Anything made with corn

"Unusual" Foods

  • Ostrich Omelet: made with an ostrich egg, which weighs up to 3 pounds
  • Ox Tongue: Sometimes served whole, can weigh up to 13 kilograms, served fried or in a sandwhich.
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Interesting Facts

  • South Africa is the second largest exporter of fruit in the world.
  • South Africa is the longest wine route in the world.
  • South Africa has the cheapest electricity in the world.
  • The deepest mine is a gold mine in South Africa
  • World's largest producer or Macadamia nuts.
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