WHAT ARE MACIMBI/MADORA (MOPANE WORMS)
Mopane worms are a delicacy in South African region as well as some Central African countries including South Africa, Zimbwabwe, Zambia,Congo etc. They are the caterpillar (growth stage) of the Gonibrasia Belina species. It feeds on the leaves of the Mopane tree hence named after it.
The worms are harvested after the rainy season. They are hand picked/plucked from the trees and piled into buckets. The worms are then squeezed to remove their entrails before being laid out to dry in the hot sun. Once dried, they are packed for sale.
The worms are graded according to their sizes as well as the region they have been harvested from. They also come in different colours- black, red or yellowish/orange. The tastiest ones will be the once that have fed on the Mopane trees, but its all a personal preference.
The worms can be eaten dry (as you would potato crisps) or cooked.
HOW TO PREPARE MOPANE WORMS FOR COOKING