Nshima is the staple of the local population in both Zambia and Malawi. It is a starch dish cooked with water, salt and maize flour. Salted water is brought to the boil after which the maize flour is added and cooked for ten to twenty minutes.
A local fresh water fish species that occurs in abundance in the Zambezi. Methods of preparation include pan frying, roasting or serving tilapia in a traditional fish stew. However you choose to enjoy it, it is well worth a try.
Made from the papaya fruit, sugar, mint and grated lemon peel, Mapopo Candy is a local sweat treat. It is available in local markets and should be available at most of the hotels and lodges in the area during papaya season.
A creamy drink made from maize meal, Maheu has a slightly sour taste and becomes alcoholic if left to ferment. It is commonly enjoyed by locals, but definitely is an acquired taste. People who like to try new and different foods might enjoy it.