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Mopane Worms

You'd Eat it if You Were Starving!

We went to a fabulous restaurant in Victoria Falls last night called The Boma, which means livestock enclosure. Inside the restaurant as we were being seated, a wonderful group of Zulu musicians in traditional costume were serenading us with bongo drums and fun. We all donned sarongs and joined in the fun with our own bongo drums. Later we even joined in a big circle and danced inside (hope nobody caught me on camera!).

If a guest is brave enough to eat a mopani worm, which is a caterpillar, you are awarded with a certificate congratulating your accomplishment.

All of this was great fun but it was sobering for me (as I chewed on my mopani worm) to acknowledge that in these times of poverty and drought, dried mopani worms provide major sustenance for the poverty-stricken people of many, many areas of this country. On our drive to beautiful Vic Falls, I saw many communities on the side of the road that consisted of a thatched roof hut and an outhouse, without water or electricity, no address. No mopane certificate for them.


Posted by lindaconnor 22:08

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You are brave, I would have not eaten the worm

by lauren

Sounds like fun and very heroic of you to eat the Mopani worm.

by Patty

Have eaten similiar in southeast Asia. Not fun and very brave indeed.

by Rich

It is a different world away from the USA. I am glad you are getting to see it. It is both beautiful from your pictures and frightening as well from your comments.

by Rita

woa not sure i could no that!

by cindy

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