There is a wide variety of African spice blends that create the regional flavors of African cuisine. Some of these spices are rubbed into meat before stewing or roasting, others are sautéed with vegetables while still others are sprinkled over fish before boiling.
Most African spices are formed after mixing a group of traditional blends. African families have personal favorites that become the essence of their home cooking with time. Families collect and mix spice blends to come up with their private recipes.