Nyimo Round Nuts
Nyimo, indlubu, also known as Round nuts, Bambara Groundnuts, Jugo Beans, etc. are a popular part of Zimbabwean cuisine (although originally from West Africa). They are usually prepared by boiling to have as a pass-time snack.
It is usually served with other vegetables, or eaten alone as a side dish. Nyimo can be prepared in various ways depending on the region of Zimbabwe you are in. It may be flavored using spices such as basil 1 to add flavor, boiled until soft and sometimes mashed into small balls (this is known as nyimo balls). It can also be boiled and mixed with oil and/or fat, making palm nut oil a popular choice. Nyimo is also dried in the sun to preserve it and stored in containers until its needed for preparation later on when required.
Some people like to mix cooked vegetables such as pumpkin leaves or cabbage into nyimo, while others prefer to use them as a side dish with meat and/or sadza. Nyimo can also be fried in fat and oil to give it a crispy texture and added flavor. Zimbabweans living abroad have had some difficulty finding nyimo outside of Zimbabwe, so they've opted for other similar snacks such as peanuts, chestnuts, and fried potatoes.
As nyimo is a popular food in Zimbabwe, it's used as a way to break the ice when meeting new people. In some cases, it's also used as a form of greeting or as an acknowledgment that you have been seen by those around you. If you're veering off from the path you were walking, someone might call out "nyimo?" to get your attention and let you know they've seen you.
The indlubu is a very nutritious nut. The nut has various vitamins and proteins which makes it a better alternative to meat for vegetarians or people with allergies to meat. It can also be used as part of the staple diet during famines because it is cheap and available in some areas and can be stored for up to four years without spoiling. This article explains how to make nyimo/indlubu.
First, the nut is picked from its tree in a ripe stage which makes it easier to peel and also ensures that there are no worms or larvae in the nut when peeled. The nuts are then washed with boiling water to remove the outer skin of the nut. The skin is then removed using a knife to open up the inner casing which holds the actual nuts together. The nuts are then sent for roasting in a dry pan until brown and taken out of the hot pan, this process ensures that no more water inside the nuts escapes from it.
After cooling down, the browned indlubu are served with other snacks like different kinds of nuts (including peanuts), roasted corn, sugar. This is usually accompanied by either milk or tea. The indlubu can then be eaten all together or one at a time to get the best taste out of it.