Tell-a-FriendMealiemeal

Posted in South African Cuisine  
Mealiemeal 

Mealiemeal is to Africans what wheat and potato flours are to Europeans and Americans. It is harvested from the cob of the maize plant. In South Africa and many other parts of sub-Saharan Africa this is a staple food made from either stamped or ground mealies or mielies; from Portuguese milho. It is traditionally made into many forms of dishes, such as mealiepap, or even umqombothi.

Mealiemeal is traditionally produced by pounding maize in a big mortar until a smooth powder is obtained. Thanks to modern technology, this amazing flour from the maize seed is now produced in very large scale by mechanization.

Mealiemeal is by far the most widely eaten flour after wheat and rice flour. It is uniquely rich in dietary fibre, protein, vitamin B6, magnesium and omega 6 oils, vital for good heart, optimal bowel functions and fight against infections.

Recipes

Category: South African Cuisine

Subcategory: Traditional

Total Views: 1198

Word Count: 275

Comment on Twitter

More Articles in "South African Cuisine"

Terms - Alikreukel to Atjar
Posted 27-10-2009 in South African Cuisine
Alikreukel to Atjar - Descriptions and photographs where available of South African culinary terms and ingredients. alikreukel amabele amadumbe amagwinya…
View Details »
Crayfish
Posted 19-10-2009 in South African Cuisine
Crayfish
South African crayfish (Spiny Lobster) with their long antennae and rough, spiny carapace (shell), are one of the delights of the crustacean world. The meat…
View Details »
Mealies
Posted 19-10-2009 in South African Cuisine
Mealies
Mealies (corn; maize) have long been the basis of African cuisine. Each community, whether Xhosa or Zulu, Sotho, Tswana or Swazi, holds to slight differences…
View Details »
Potjiekos
Posted 19-10-2009 in South African Cuisine
Potjiekos
Typically South African, potjiekos (poy-kee-kawse) is friendly, leisurely food slowly simmered in a cast-iron pot for maximum flavour. It is thought to have…
View Details »
History of South African Cuisine
Posted 19-10-2009 in South African Cuisine
The history of South African cuisine and the development of South African culinary tradition are as diverse as the peoples who make up the population of…
View Details »

All Articles in "South African Cuisine"