What is a “mashonza”?

Mashonza are also known as mopane worms, named after the tree they are found in (the Colophospermum Mopane).

MashonzaThe caterpillar is spiky, blue and green, and the larvae of the nocturnal emperor moth. The worms are high in protein and minerals and a free source of food for the rural poor. However, they are becoming an ethnic snack for tourists and are putting a strain on the population.

The mopane worm is usually fried or dried.