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#SouthAfrica's Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest of the world's floral kingdoms, but it's the most diverse. It has three times as many types of plants as the Amazon rainforest, with 70% of the species growing nowhere else on Earth. Perhaps the most important type of plant here is fynbos, which plays a crucial role in water conservation in the Western Cape. The plant variety, which is made up of around 9,000 different species (including rooibos, commonly used for tea), has evolved to rely on regular brush fires to survive. Click the link in our bio to learn more about fynbos and the Cape Floral Kingdom. #bbctravel ๐Ÿ“ท: Thomas Lewton

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Bread is a staple of the "zakuski" (snack) spread at any Russian party where vodka toasts are taking place. "Vodka should be cold, glass should be tiny and there must be something salty, or rye bread, to follow,โ€ says Helena Bayliss. However, the bread isn't always eaten: sometimes, it's sniffed instead. To find out why, click the link in our bio! #bbctravel ๐Ÿ“ท: @jonnydonovanphotography

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2 months ago

Every winter, millions of families in #China sit down together to savour tangyuan, a sweet dumpling filled with ground black-sesame paste. The bite-sized sweets are usually eaten during the Lantern Festival on the final day of the Chinese New Year. It's widely believed that eating the tangyuan during the first full moon of the year alongside loved ones will bring happiness and good fortune. Click the link in our bio to read more about tangyuan. #SoulFoodBBC #bbctravel ๐Ÿ“ท: Runze Yu

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2 months ago

As cold fronts sweep over #SouthAfrica's Western Cape, many families prepare to feast on waterblommetjiebredie, a heart-warming stew made from the waterblommetjies, or 'water flowers', that carpet the marshes of the Boland region during the winter months. Only available between June through September (depending on the rainfall), waterblommetjies and their delicate taste complement the rich flavours of lamb or mutton and the astringency of wild sorrel. "Waterblommetjies are like a family member at my table," said cook and culinary historian Errieda Du Toit. "As soon as autumn turns to winter, I start planning my first bredie. I can't help it." Click the link in our bio to read more about waterblommetjiebredie. #bbctravel #SoulFoodBBC ๐Ÿ“ท: @juriesenekal

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