From expensive restaurants to local restaurants, the worm is considered a good food in Zimbabwe. They are available in most supermarkets and cost more than most other foods.
Deep mopane is considered a good source of protein for generations in South Africa. This worm is actually a caterpillar species Gonimbrasia belina large, often called moth Emperor. It was named ‘mopane, because it ate mopane tree leaves after bloom in summer and can only be found in the South African national.
History of the dish
There is no historical documents about the mopane worm food in Zimbabwe.
However, archaeologists have found a Neolithic pits were discovered in the cave Pomongwe in Zimbabwe which has a dry mopane worm drive is said to have nearly 6,000 years old.
The European explorers and settlers first came to southern Africa in the 19th century has recorded the collection and consumption of caterpillars, many people said that they find it is a practice with a long life.
According to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), caterpillars mopane is one of the products Forestry Resources famous and most important economic forest areas mopane in southern Zimbabwe, Botswana and northern South Africa.
It is estimated that 9.5 billion mopane larvae are harvested annually in South Africa on mopane forest 20.000km2.
Some larvae were worth $ 85 million, of which approximately 40% is produced mainly women from poor rural areas.
Researchers have discovered that the mopane worm is not only good nutrition, but they can be key to maintaining the ecological balance of the forest where they live.
Cooking mopane worm
Deep Mopane can also be stew, boiled to soften them, or simply eaten raw and fresh as soon as they get out of a tree. When they are fresh, they are little more chewy and taste special and unique they are not diluted by other components.