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Eating mopani worms/madora in Zimbabwe

If there is one thing you must add to your bucket list, it is eating mopani worms in Zimbabwe!

mopani worm, alive

Did you know that madora are called Gonimbrasia belina, that is their scientific name. Gonimbrasia belina, mopani worms as they are called in English and Madora in Shona and I can’t spell the ndebele name. Maybe someone can help there. Gonimbrasia belina is a species of moth found in much of Southern Africa, whose large edible caterpillar, the mopani or mopane worm, is an important source of protein for millions of indigenous Southern. Africans.Wikipedia
This is true delicacy. They can be eaten as a snack or as meal with sadza, Zimbabwe’s staple food. Sadza is made of a mixture of ground maize, usually white maize, made into a hard consistency similar to mashed potatoes.  An introduction in Zimbabwean cuisine often involves a taste of madora.

ready to eat

But I guess this is similar to other countries eating dogs and horses. It is weird for me that people eat dogs and horses, but one mans meat is another mans poison.
Truth be told is that if you go to Zimbabwe and do not eat madora, you have missed out.
If you are still curious whether those are edible take a look at a brave man eating some check this out 
Categories: Zimbabwe
  1. January 23, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Hi, I log on to your blog on a regular basis.
    Your story-telling style is witty, keep doing what you’re doing!

  2. April 28, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    i watched an episode of Fear Factor where one of the challenges was to eat mopani worms… well the fact that the mopani worms were alive crawling all over the plate didn’t help

    • May 13, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      Mopani worms are bad enough when they are dry, I don’t want to imagine how it is eating them when alive…aarrrgh.

  1. January 25, 2013 at 7:51 am

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