Zimbabwe is located in southern Africa. The landlocked country which boasts a population of about 14.5 million people is home to diverse wildlife and popular tourist attractions like the Victoria Falls and Zambezi river. Zimbabweans are keen on their cuisine, you’ll also find that they love peanut butter a lot. These are 10 Zimbabwean foods you have to try in your lifetime.
Sadza tops the list as one of Zimbabwe’s staple food. It is a cornmeal that can be cooked plainly and eaten with a gravy or stew. It can also be cooked with peanut butter (dovi) or margarine.
An outsider might cringe and flinch at the thought of having to eat worms. However, Mopane worms are not just any worms. They can be deliciously crunchy when fried, or cooked in stews. They are also highly nutritious and have more protein content than beef.
Muriwo Unedovi are collard greens cooked in peanut sauce. Any leafy greens can be used to make this from pumpkin leaves to spinach. It is cheap and easy to prepare. It can also be eaten with sadza or rice.
Maheu is a popular Zim drink made from maize. It is made from Munya (left-over sadza). The low-priced drink can either be bought or home-made, either way, you will be energized and thirsty for more.
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Zimbabweans love their peanut butter, and their food can testify greatly to this– they add peanut butter to everything. Mupunga Unedovi (rice and peanut butter) is a personal favourite. The tasty combination of both will tingle your taste buds especially when served with gravy and lots of meat (I’m a meat lover!).
Nyama is a beef stew. It is sometimes cooked with beans or vegetable leaves (as in leafy beefy stew). It is delicious and also easy to prepare. Best served with rice or Sadza.
Kapenta is a fish that originated in Lake Tanganyika but is now common in the Zambezi river between Zimbabwe and Zambia. The tiny fish can be eaten on its own as a street snack, with Sadza or cooked in sauce/gravy.
Muriwo Na Nyama
Also known as ‘leafy beefy’, ‘high fields stew’. It’s called High fields stew after a popular Zim suburb where the dish is popular. This food is so good, it can even be classified as a comfort food. It’s hard to come across a Zimbabwean who doesn’t love Muriwo na nyama.
Traditional Chicken Stew
The Zim chicken stew is another favourite ( because who doesn’t like chicken ?). This meal is a delicious chicken-flavoured tomato sauce. The combination of all the spices makes the stew burst with flavours. Best eaten with rice.
Last but not the least is Muboora. It is a pumpkin soup that’s cooked with tomato sauce. It can be cooked with peanut butter or fresh cream. Muboora can be eaten with Sadza and any roasted meat of choice