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Title:The use of wild foods in Malawi
Author:Mikkola, HeimoISNI
Periodical:The Society of Malawi Journal
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Malawi
Central Africa
Subjects:game meat
edible plants
Medicine, Nutrition, Public Health
Wild plants
Food resources
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/29778981
Abstract:The use of wild foods has often been seen as a coping mechanism during times of malnutrition and famine. On the basis of interviews conducted between February and September 1997 with 110 Malawians, selected randomly in Lilongwe City and several rural villages in Mzimba district, the author describes the most common use of wild foods in Malawi. Almost all respondents indicated that they ate wild fruits and mushrooms. Wild nuts, seeds, leaves, flying ants, termites, wild pigeons, and guinea fowl were all regularly eaten. Frogs, lizards, snakes, and crocodiles were rarely eaten, but birds and rodents were quite popular, as well as game mammals, depending on their availability. The results demonstrate the importance of wild foods in the Malawian diet. Legumes are particularly important as complements to carbohydrate products such as maize, rice, and other cereals. Bibliogr.