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African Greens with Peanut Butter

This is a recipe that was commonly eaten in rural South Africa where I was a Peace Corps volunteer. It is widely eaten in Southern Africa.  There they use either spinach or wild greens the people gather.


  • 1 bunch spinach or other greens
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tomato chopped (I have used canned or frozen or left it out if I don’t have a tomato)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (natural style is best)
  • salt and pepper to taste


Wash and de-stem the greens and roughly chop. In a medium saucepan bring to a boil enough water to cover the greens.  Add the greens to the boiling water.  Cook for about 10 minutes.  Drain most of the water. Reserve about 1/2 cup for later use.  Add the onions and tomatoes to greens and cook for another 10 minutes.  Meanwhile in a small bowl combine peanut butter with reserved water by adding one tablespoon at a time. Mix well until the sauce is thick but pourable.  Drain the rest of the liquid from the cooked spinach. Combine spinach with peanut butter sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Submitted by Kristina Bishop, Tucson CSA