Archive for 12. October 2010

Masonja – Mopani Worms

Tuesday, 12. October 2010

have only been one dish of about 30, that made the up the buffet menu at GRAMADOELAS, but since it has been my first time to taste they are worth the title of the blog entry.

I offered a colleague from the US to give him a ride downtown to Turbine Hall for the rehearsal for tomorrow’s event. Since being already late, and not having done the groceries, I called Monique proposing having diner downtown. The idea was dropping of Derick, and moving on.

Well I had to drive onto the parking lot of Turbine Hall, so we took the chance having a look at the venue. We met the marketing folks and learned the rehearsal, was more a mike check and double checking that the most current version of the presentation was loaded, lasting barely 15 minutes. So we invited Derick joining for diner, and decided checking out a new place – highly recommended by somebody, who already gave us great tips.

GRAMADOELAS, an “Exotic South African Restaurant” (that is how they position themselves), is situated at the Market Theatre in Newtown. Entering you are welcomed by the aromas of spices and delicacies, even before the waiters can greet you and offer a table. It has a great atmosphere, and you can dine out-site as well – very important for the smokers amongst us.

Back to the worms. The taste was a bit resembling to prawns, but a bit more nuttily -similar texture too, but a bit softer.

Masonja, is high in protein, minerals, vitamins, phosphorus, zinc, calcium and iron and is widely distributed throughout southern, central and Eastern Africa. Its distribution in southern Africa follows that of its primary host plant, the mopane tree that occurs in a broad band extending form the northern parts of South Africa into zimbabwe and Botswana and west into Namibia. In SA it is mostly found in the Limpopo province.

The harvesting and sale of mopane worms is a multi-million Rand industry in Southern Africa.Mopane worms are considered to be a profitable harvest, as a mere 3 kilogramme of feed (mopane leaves) will generally yield 1 kilogramme of mopane worms: in contrast, cattle farming requires 10 kilogrammes of feed to generate 1 kilogramme of beef; thus the worms are a low-cost, low-maintenance, high-protein foodsource.