The information about the history of the origins of South African food much depends on the book you are reading. It is as different as the colours of our rainbow nation.
But thinking about the origins of the food culinary of the different cultures it must also have originated from somewhere. According to historians the Persians under the rule of Cores about 550 before Christ were the leaders and the line followed the path of the conquerors.
The important cultures influencing our food tastes were the Italians, French the Germans and the Dutch. The slaves working in the Cape were taught to cook to their masters taste. For themselves they added their own flavors.
I am going to add some posts about the different types of food in South Africa and our heritage. You can find the first post about Bunny Chow here. For a list of posts focusing on South African food click here.