Mehlareng

Delicious traditional food made out of:
– Mopani worms
– Morogo
– Peanuts

The word mopani worm is an English word named after a tree, which describes the type of a worm which feeds on the leaves of mopane tree. These Mopane trees are more prevalent in Southern Africa. Mopane worm hatches in summer during rainy season.

In Botswana they are called phane, in Zimbabwe and South Africa they are called Masonja and other parts of Africa and Zambia, they are called Amangungu.

Availability of Mopani worms

They are seasonal delicacy, but are always available in the market, simply because during harvest time they are preserved in cans or dried like biltong to cater for our needs even when they are out of season. We have contact with our neighbour countries such as Zimbabwe, Malawi etc whenever we have high demand supply from our clients

How to cook Mopane worms

A common way of cooking Mopani worms is to fry them with tomatoes, peanuts, chillies and onions. Mopane worms are easy to cook depending on which dish you want to prepare. Mopane worm can be served as relish, snack or the main course.

Time to harvest mopani

The best time to harvest Mopani worms is when they are fully grown.

Health benefits

Nutritionally, it contains 60% of proteins along with calcium and iron. Mopani worms are traditional organic food which do not need or require any chemicals to grow. For health purposes, doctors do encourage people to eat home-grown vegetables and foods, because they are organic and contribute to healthy life.

The size of Mopani worms

The size of Mopani worms vary from one country to the other, depending on the climate conditions and the rainy seasons.

The Supply of Mopani worms

The supply of Mopani worms is normally affected by lack of good rains, deforestation and overharvesting. However, we will make every endeavour to supply through the year.

Why should we eat traditional food?

– Mopani worms are healthy, affordable, tasty and appetizing.

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