Kwanzaa Culinarians

Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora

Mazao Fruit Salad with Cultured Whipped Cream

By Sanura Weathers of Happy Kwanzaa! Your table is set up with the a kinara. It’s surrounded by lush mazao, fruit symbolizing the reward of productive and collective labor … Continue reading

December 25, 2014

Nutty Banana Bread

Who doesn’t love Banana Bread? It’s one of the quickest breads to make for this season of potlucks and homemade gifts, and it’s delicious when included in Kwanzaa festivities. This … Continue reading

December 17, 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.