Experience the Unique Flavors of Zimbabwean Cuisine

"Discover the Rich and Diverse Cuisine of Zimbabwe - Learn about Shona Traditional Food.

If you're planning a trip to Zimbabwe, it's important to be prepared for the unique food culture of the Shona people. Shona cuisine is heavily influenced by local climate and available ingredients, resulting in a rich and diverse array of dishes.

Sadza, a type of porridge made from ground cornmeal, is one of the most common staples in Shona cuisine. It's often served with stews, sauces, and vegetables, and paired with meat and fish dishes. Another staple food is sorghum bread, made from sorghum grain flour.

Vegetables like spinach, collard greens, pumpkins, and beans are commonly used in Shona dishes. Meat, including beef, chicken, and goat, also plays a big role in the Shona diet, as does fish, especially in regions near lakes and rivers.

Don't miss trying the famous "chakalaka" vegetable relish, made with tomatoes, onions, peppers, and spices. It's a popular side dish for sadza and meat dishes. Fruits like mangoes, bananas, and papayas are also enjoyed, along with traditional beverages like sorghum or millet beer and wild herb tea.

In Zimbabwe, lunch is known as "Sadza re masikai" (sadza in the afternoon), while dinner is called "Sadza re manheru" (sadza in the evening). For a unique dining experience, try sadza with mopani worms, a delicacy in Zimbabwe.

Prepare your taste buds for a culinary adventure with the traditional cuisine of Zimbabwe."

iF you are really lucky you can experience a great plate of Sadza with Mopani worms. canva Mopani worm

At some places which cater to tourists, you will even get a certificate for eating the Mopani worms

Certificate mopani worms

Actually they really taste great but only in my opinion fresh and over a fire crisped up.  Below a plate of sadza with meat and Mufushwa which is as sun-dried leafy vegetable,   The sadza is normally rolled by hand and dipped and eaten by hand together with the meat and Mufushwa.

 other sadza Making Sadza by Barry Lungu

And now for a small Snack - lets try some Biltong or maybe some flying ants? and more.