In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat and stay at in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Zimbabwe
We know that food and alcohol is not the major reason for visiting Zimbabwe, but here’s some dishes you should definitely try.
The main staple of Zimbabwean cuisine is maize – corn and is used in a variety of dishes. Here, food has remained traditionally African, however British colonization certainly left its mark. Common British spices, breads, sugar and tea also became part of the everyday life in Zimbabwe. Despite its traditional origins, eating out in Zimbabwe is popular and local and international cuisines are available.
Among some most popular dishes are:
Sadza: This is the most common dish and is stiff maize meal that is like a thickened porridge. It can be rolled into a ball and dipped into meat, sauce, gravy, sour milk, or stewed vegetables.
Bota: Bota is porridge flavored with peanut butter, milk, butter or jam and is usually eaten for breakfast.
Dovi: Portuguese traders brought peanut crops to the country during the 16th century, and it has become an important ingredient found in many dishes. Dovi is a traditional peanut butter stew with meat or vegetables.
Nhedzi: A soup made with wild mushrooms.
Mapopo candy: Papaya is one of the main crops and so the locals make it into candy. Papaya is cooked in and dusted with sugar to make a sweet treat.
As for the alcohol, beer is the most popular such drink in Zimbabwe. Whawha is a traditional maize beer. Other major beers include Bohlingers, Lion, Eagle and South African Carling Black Label and Castle.
Imported wine, spirits and liqueurs are available mainly in hotel bars. Mazoe Orange drink is a favorite drink, and is unique because it is all made of fruit and no chemicals.
Don’t forget that tipping is practiced and 10-15% is standard.