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TRUEFOOD MOPANI HOT SPICE

A deliciously spicy combination of Powdered mopani worms, red bell peppers, chilli powder and Kalahari desert salt.

Worldwide, there's a growing interest in the use of insects to feed the world's burgeoning population with nutritious, planet-friendly foods. Of course, there's nothing new about eating insects; humans have been doing it for thousands of years, and every day millions of people, especially in Asia and Africa, continue to do so. But now there's big money, smart technology and bold ideas buzzing around intensive insect farming and insect foods (entomophagy).

At Absolute Organix, we find these trends important and irresistibly fascinating, and we want to be part of the ento-adventure. So we're introducing a series of Mopani products, among them this Mopani Salt. Because Mopani are typically wild-harvested and sun-dried in remote areas under less-than-ideal hygienic conditions, microbial issues have been a very big challenge. But we have now solved that problem by using a sophisticated, Swiss, super-saturated dry steam sterilisation technology. It's a potent pathogen-killing process that does not denature the product. After sterilisation, our mopani powder has a pleasant, earthy, salty taste.

The Mopani tree is actually part of the legume family and is indigenous to the far northern parts of Southern Africa, including the Limpopo region of SA. There's robust demand for Mopani and the whole dried caterpillar is usually cooked up in a rich tomato gravy and eaten with pap. A vibrant informal trade in mopani criss-crosses the borders of Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana.

Mopani caterpillars are rich in protein (our samples show approx 58% protein content), but the chitin - the exoskeleton of the caterpillar - is known to limit amino acid absorption (chitin, however, is a good source of fibre). See the nutritional analysis of our Mopani powder here: Mopani nutritionals.

As far as micro-nutrients go, mopani offer a feast of minerals, with high levels of potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc and iron. Because Mopani are key source of income - and nutrition - for often-impoverished rural communities, there are big challenges to be addressed around sustainability. Over-harvesting can have a damaging impact on this important resource. Climate change is not helping either. That being said, properly managed, there's a growing sense that Mopani have the potential to become an African superfood. Harvested sustainably and at scale, they could become an important part of the region's (protein) food chain in the 21st Century. See this link for some excellent research into the potential of mopani.

In the wellness world, Mopani are a novel additional protein source for those following the Paleo hunter-gatherer diet. And for those who want to break through their cultural prejudices and the "yuk" factor of eating insects, our Mopani Salt is an easy - and dare we say tasty - way to introduce insects into one's diet.

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Small Items 5kg and under R75, Medium sized 5kg - 15kg R150, Large bulk orders 15kg and above R200. Shipping times 2 - 15 working days. There can on occasions be unforeseen courier delays. Please note : Some seeds can have a delay of up to 3 weeks. We rely on our suppliers for up to date stock lists. On rare occasion there can be stock lists provided that are inaccurate we will then gladly offer an alternative or better deal or your money back in full no questions asked. 

   

2 - 15 days delivery. We cannot be held responsible for courier delays. Some seeds can have a delay of up to 3 weeks. We buy in bulk and offer wholesale prices direct to the public to bring the best offers and the lowest prices. We rely on our suppliers for up to date stock lists. On rare occasion there can be stock lists provided that are inaccurate we will then gladly offer an alternative or better deal or your money back in full no questions asked.

Returns are easy, simply contact us for a returns number and send your item to our returns centre for fast processing. We'll get you a replacement or refund in a snap!

Here are 5 more great reasons to buy from us:

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You get a full 15 days to return your item to us. If it is in original, unused condition send it back to us and we'll cheerfully refund you every cent.

Returns are easy, simply contact us for a returns number and send your item to our returns centre for fast processing. We'll get you a replacement or refund in a snap!

In the unlikely event that you find your item cheaper at another online store, just let us know and we'll do our best to beat the competitor's pricing hands-down.

We insist that you love everything you buy from us. If you're unhappy for any reason whatsoever, just let us know and we'll bend over backwards to make things right again.

Ordering from Seedleme is 100% safe and secure so you can rest easy. Your personal details are never shared, sold or rented to anyone either.

TRUEFOOD MOPANI HOT SPICE

A deliciously spicy combination of Powdered mopani worms, red bell peppers, chilli powder and Kalahari desert salt.

Worldwide, there's a growing interest in the use of insects to feed the world's burgeoning population with nutritious, planet-friendly foods. Of course, there's nothing new about eating insects; humans have been doing it for thousands of years, and every day millions of people, especially in Asia and Africa, continue to do so. But now there's big money, smart technology and bold ideas buzzing around intensive insect farming and insect foods (entomophagy).

At Absolute Organix, we find these trends important and irresistibly fascinating, and we want to be part of the ento-adventure. So we're introducing a series of Mopani products, among them this Mopani Salt. Because Mopani are typically wild-harvested and sun-dried in remote areas under less-than-ideal hygienic conditions, microbial issues have been a very big challenge. But we have now solved that problem by using a sophisticated, Swiss, super-saturated dry steam sterilisation technology. It's a potent pathogen-killing process that does not denature the product. After sterilisation, our mopani powder has a pleasant, earthy, salty taste.

The Mopani tree is actually part of the legume family and is indigenous to the far northern parts of Southern Africa, including the Limpopo region of SA. There's robust demand for Mopani and the whole dried caterpillar is usually cooked up in a rich tomato gravy and eaten with pap. A vibrant informal trade in mopani criss-crosses the borders of Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana.

Mopani caterpillars are rich in protein (our samples show approx 58% protein content), but the chitin - the exoskeleton of the caterpillar - is known to limit amino acid absorption (chitin, however, is a good source of fibre). See the nutritional analysis of our Mopani powder here: Mopani nutritionals.

As far as micro-nutrients go, mopani offer a feast of minerals, with high levels of potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc and iron. Because Mopani are key source of income - and nutrition - for often-impoverished rural communities, there are big challenges to be addressed around sustainability. Over-harvesting can have a damaging impact on this important resource. Climate change is not helping either. That being said, properly managed, there's a growing sense that Mopani have the potential to become an African superfood. Harvested sustainably and at scale, they could become an important part of the region's (protein) food chain in the 21st Century. See this link for some excellent research into the potential of mopani.

In the wellness world, Mopani are a novel additional protein source for those following the Paleo hunter-gatherer diet. And for those who want to break through their cultural prejudices and the "yuk" factor of eating insects, our Mopani Salt is an easy - and dare we say tasty - way to introduce insects into one's diet.

Product of South Africa

Shipping
Small Items 5kg and under R75, Medium sized 5kg - 15kg R150, Large bulk orders 15kg and above R200. Shipping times 2 - 15 working days. There can on occasions be unforeseen courier delays. Please note : Some seeds can have a delay of up to 3 weeks. We rely on our suppliers for up to date stock lists. On rare occasion there can be stock lists provided that are inaccurate we will then gladly offer an alternative or better deal or your money back in full no questions asked. 

   

2 - 15 days delivery. We cannot be held responsible for courier delays. Some seeds can have a delay of up to 3 weeks. We buy in bulk and offer wholesale prices direct to the public to bring the best offers and the lowest prices. We rely on our suppliers for up to date stock lists. On rare occasion there can be stock lists provided that are inaccurate we will then gladly offer an alternative or better deal or your money back in full no questions asked.

Returns are easy, simply contact us for a returns number and send your item to our returns centre for fast processing. We'll get you a replacement or refund in a snap!

Here are 5 more great reasons to buy from us:

so
   

You get a full 15 days to return your item to us. If it is in original, unused condition send it back to us and we'll cheerfully refund you every cent.

Returns are easy, simply contact us for a returns number and send your item to our returns centre for fast processing. We'll get you a replacement or refund in a snap!

In the unlikely event that you find your item cheaper at another online store, just let us know and we'll do our best to beat the competitor's pricing hands-down.

We insist that you love everything you buy from us. If you're unhappy for any reason whatsoever, just let us know and we'll bend over backwards to make things right again.

Ordering from Seedleme is 100% safe and secure so you can rest easy. Your personal details are never shared, sold or rented to anyone either.

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