From infancy, we Latinos are taught that we are the charming and diverse result of a myriad of indigenous peoples mixed with African, European, and Asian immigrants. Elements of all these cultures have been adopted so completely that we accept them as entirely our own, never questioning their roots. This is especially true when it comes to our kitchens.
But as February is Black History Month, it's fitting to parse our culinary landscape and celebrate the staples we consider so intrinsically ours, whether Peruvian, Cuban, or Mexican, all of which were originally native to Northern and Eastern Africa. Luckily, they've come together on our dinner table.