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 later this month an experimental range of foods made with mopani worms. The first of these is mopani-flavoured pop-corn. There’s also a mopani salt, mopani-enriched organic mealie meal and a mopani protein powder in production.
The road to launching mopani products has been somewhat arduous. Because the 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.