The Mopane Worm / Mopani Worm (also known as Masonja), a caterpillar of the Emperor Moth, is a nutritious traditional African delicacy handpicked in the wild Zambian Bush. As one of the larger caterpillars, they can be finger length and thickness and get their name from feeding on the leaves of Mopane trees after hatching each summer.
When harvested they are pinched at the tail end, squeezed like a tube of toothpaste and quickly flicked to remove the gut contents before being boiled in salted water then deep-fried.
Nutritionally, they contain upwards of five times the amount of iron than beef and according to the Food & Agricultural Organisation (FAO) are also a great source of potassium, calcium, zinc, and copper.
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