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Food, eating habits and cusine of Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector is rich in variety of goods and this will surely prove that the Zimbabwean cuisine has a lot to offer. Zimbabwean dishes are more of vegetable and fruit dishes eaten with meat or other spices. Their cuisine is very much their own though there are some influences from the British and the Africans, along with other neighboring countries.

Corn or maize is the most abundant agricultural product of Zimbabwe and it is inevitable that corn be a part of their everyday lives. The country’s national dish, the Sadza, is a cornmeal eaten with vegetable stew. Some families who can afford to buy meat eat Sadza with meat like beef or chicken. The Sadza is cooked slowly until it becomes thick, just like the porridge in the United States of America. It is most often the breakfast meal for Zimbabweans. Aside from food dishes, Zimbabweans also use corn in making beer. They usually drink their locally brewed corn beer in occasions.

It is customary in Zimbabwe that you wash your hands before having a meal. Zimbabweans place a bowl of water at the dining table and everyone is to clean their hands there. While eating, it is proper to use the right hand, even if you are left handed. Also, food sharing is the norm in Zimbabweans where they eat from just one bowl of dish. At that it is best to pace yourself with the others. In the afternoon, Zimbabweans like to have tea either at home or in food establishments.

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