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Welcome to our African Food Love blog, where we take you on a culinary journey through the rich and diverse flavors of the continent. From the spicy stews of North Africa to the colorful and aromatic dishes of West Africa, we aim to showcase the unique ingredients and cooking techniques that make African cuisine so special. Through our blog, we'll share recipes, stories, and cultural insights that will transport you to the heart of the African kitchen. Whether you're a seasoned foodie or a curious beginner, we invite you to join us on this adventure and discover the many tastes of Africa.

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Western Cape Province Blueberry Coconut Pudding

The Western Cape Province is the leading blueberry producing area in South Africa, with a small but growing industry. The Western Cape accounts for at least 60% of total production in South Africa, followed by Limpopo and the North West. Gauteng, the Eastern Cape, Free State and Mpumalanga also produce small volumes of blueberries. 

About 25% of blueberry production takes place in open fields, while 61% is produced under shade nets and 14% in tunnels. The South African blueberry harvest season traditionally starts in September and ends in mid-February. 

There are three varieties of blueberries grown in South Africa; Northern Highbush, Southern Highbush and Rabbiteye. Blueberry plants take up to 2 to 3 years to start producing fruits of export quality. About 50 percent of blueberry orchards in South Africa are between 0 to 2 years old, and 19 percent are 3 years old. 

Many blueberries are sold in local retail supermarkets such as Woolworths, Checkers and Pick n Pay. Blueberries bruise easily, and are an exotic fruit and perceived as very expensive to the majority of consumers in South Africa. Getting started is extremely expensive and it is hard to get hold of plant material if you are not connected with one of the big three producers. 

Let's make a simple recipe for Blueberry Coconut Pudding and not waste any precious blueberries.

Western Cape Province Blueberry Coconut Pudding

Western Cape Province is the leading blueberry producing area in South Africa


  • 1 can (14 oz) coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  2. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  3. When ready to serve, divide the blueberries into 4 serving glasses or jars.
  4. Spoon the chia pudding on top of the blueberries.
  5. Sprinkle the shredded coconut on top of each serving.
  6. Enjoy your delicious Blueberry Coconut Pudding!


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Simple Cooking Tips

Make sure your cooking work area has good lighting so you can safely see what you are cutting, seasoning and cooking.

Get comfortable with the recipe, read it all the way through. Always read and re-read your recipes before you start cooking.

Season and taste as you go. Always taste your food before seasoning.

Spices and herbs are essential to African food cooking and baking. Keep your spices away from sources of heat like the stove or lights. Herbs and spices can lose their flavor when exposed to humidity and heat.

Recipes are only a guideline so feel free to substitute items that you like.

When cooking with chili peppers, protect your hands and eyes by wearing rubber gloves. Or coat your hands in vegetable oil and wash them with soap and water immediately after handling.