WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Although Uganda is half a world away, Henry Kisitu is bringing a style of Africa to Minnesota.
“This has been handed on by my grandma to us and now I am attempting to broaden it from Africa to right here,” mentioned Kisitu.
After dropping his dad and mom by the point he was three years previous, Kisitu grew up serving to his grandmother “Jajja” Margaret Lutaaya make and promote indigenous African tonics in her kitchen in his native nation.
He continued that custom when he obtained a scholarship to go to the College of St. Thomas the place he met his spouse Alexandra. It wasn’t till his grandmother died in 2016 that he determined to honor her by sharing her recipes by his startup firm Jajja Wellness.
“I want extra individuals would have identified who she was,” mentioned Kisitu. “She knew loads about medication that persons are speaking about now.”
Kisitu makes use of conventional African components, like his grandmother did, in eight flavors of juice drinks that he says supply totally different well being advantages. He sells them at farmers markets and co-ops across the Twin Cities the place he says he enjoys watching individuals’s reactions.
“Now we have pineapple and ginger. Now we have turmeric. Now we have hibiscus. Now we have baobab. These are issues we grew up incorporating in our meals,” he mentioned.
However Kisitu says he is not simply serving to individuals keep wholesome, he is maintaining his grandmother’s reminiscence alive.
“I need my grandma’s legacy to go on, but in addition I need individuals to attempt new issues,” mentioned Kisitu. “If you do not have 18 hours to journey to Uganda, right here is one thing that tastes like East Africa or Uganda.”