Limpopo food terroir
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Agriculturally speaking, Limpopo is the food basket of South Africa.
Limpopo's food terroir is to be found where the temperate plateau of Gauteng gives way to the subtropical eastern Lowveld.
Here, Limpopo's rich soils yield crops of maize, coffee, peaches, litchis, papayas, tomatoes, potatoes and tea plantations. Add venison, cattle and sheep and you will see why this province has plates piled high with flavour.
Between Limpopo’s plentiful past and delicious present is the food terroir of Limpopo. In the hot northern bushveld scrubland are some of the provinces most intriguing ingredients, such as the traces of indigenous spices including lunonya seeds (which taste similar to caraway) and mufhoho (a grain which tastes similar to mustard seeds) found in pot fragments at Mapungubwe World Heritage Site, or Limpopo’s most talked about foodstuff: the mopane worm, eaten roasted by the VhaVenda, who consider it a delicacy.
Around Makhado, Levhubu and Venda, look out for guavas, macadamia nuts and naturally growing pawpaw, litchis, avocados and mangos.
In the heart of the subtropical fruit region, Polokwane yields sweet citrus fruits, and quaint Haernertsberg’s cool climes produce raspberries and blueberries, and the creamy delights of Wegraakbosch’s organic seasonal cheeses.
In the valleys around the Ebenezer Dam, vast pineapple plantations give way to avocado and mango trees, while Tzaneen, the home of the "easy-peeler", is where bananas, and soft-skinned citrus grows.
When in the Waterberg, stop for biltong, boerewors, and venison to store away for cold winter evenings. Near Modimolle, keep a cooler box ready for Geluksfontein’s award-winning goat’s cheese, and locally grown watermelons, peaches, and export table grapes.
Culinary contrast is the essence of Limpopo foods. Try soured maize and mukusule wild spinach, and wash it all down with the heady cream-liqueur concoction that is Amarula, or for the truly brave, mampoer – a local white brandy-spirit not unlike moonshine.
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