Kwanzaa Culinarians

Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora

The Gourmet Diva Shares a Sweet Potato Story

Confession: Being a Gourmet Diva, I mainly cook with fresh and whole foods these days, so don’t tell anyone I told you this. Would you ever believe there was a … Continue reading

December 19, 2011

Baking With Olive Oil This Kwanzaa

To kick off our last week before Kwanzaa, we wanted to touch base on other ways to bring health and well being into the season. This is a time for … Continue reading

December 19, 2011 · 1 Comment

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Learn more about Kwanzaa

The word "Kwanzaa" comes from the phrase, "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first-fruits." Kwanzaa's extra "a" evolved as a result of a particular history of the Organization Us. It was clone as an expression of African values in order to inspire the creativity of our children. In the early days of Us, there were seven children who each wanted to represent a letter of Kwanzaa. Since kwanza (first) has only six letters, we added an extra "a" to make it seven, thus creating "Kwanzaa." To learn more about Kwanzaa, visit the Official Kwanzaa Website.