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.


Category: South African Cuisine

Subcategory: Traditional