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The Northern Province of South Africa, formerly the Northern Transvaal and now called the Mpumalanga, is home to the Vendan people. Here, Muditami Munzhedzi, in traditional Venda clothing, prepares the Vendan's daily staple of cornmeal porridge as well as mopane worms. Tshamulavhu, Mpumalanga, South Africa. "Mopane" refers to the mopane tree, which the caterpillar eats. Dried mopane worms have three times the protein content of beef and can be stored for many months. Image from the book project Man Eating Bugs: The Art and Science of Eating Insects.

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The Northern Province of South Africa, formerly the Northern Transvaal and now called the Mpumalanga, is home to the Vendan people. Here, Muditami Munzhedzi, in traditional Venda clothing, prepares the Vendan's daily staple of cornmeal porridge as well as mopane worms. Tshamulavhu, Mpumalanga, South Africa. "Mopane" refers to the mopane tree, which the caterpillar eats. Dried mopane worms have three times the protein content of beef and can be stored for many months. Image from the book project Man Eating Bugs: The Art and Science of Eating Insects.