Traditional food lovers were spoilt for choice as the Masvingo Food and Nutrition Fair displayed an array of dishes that many have been long forgotten.
The fair also unearthed the rich indigenous knowledge where some foods can be used to get rid of healthy living styles.
Apart from the traditional foods like nhopi, rupiza and various herbs which are believed to treat some ailments, exhibitors at this year’s Masvingo Food and Nutrition Fair had tips on how everyday foods can be used to cure certain cravings.
Miss Tendai Mutodza seems to have stuck the right code for those struggling to quit beer, according to her all it takes is a potato.
“One washes the potato and peels it the peels are then mixed with beer and left overnight. The following day the person aspiring to quit beer should eat their favorite meal before consuming the beer mixed with potato peels. This method has worked on several people,” she said.
Equally eye catching were jam and cooking oil products made from the marula fruit.
The women from Chivi said their appeal is to the Ministry of Women`s Affairs to link them with outside markets to sell their products.
The Deputy Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Cde Abigail Damasane who toured the exhibition stands emphasized the need for the women to properly package their products, indicate the ingredients used and in cases of herbs the right dosage needed per single take.
She said failure to do so will be a major drawback in marketing their products.
Cde Damasane also called on her ministry officials as well as those from the Ministry of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage to work closely with the rural women in marketing their products as well as addressing challenges.
For those who had an extra US$2 to spare indigenous advice on how to change the sex of an unborn baby known in shona as ‘kushandura chibereko’ was given.
Hard to believe but those who were giving the advice are convinced it works.
They claim it takes, the husband and wife to exchange clothes for three nights when they go to bed.