It is impossible to imagine a shisa nyama, an agricultural show, a school fete or sporting event without a boerewors roll. Food anthropologist, Anna Trapido gave 702 listeners some interesting facts about South Africa's much loved sausage.
Bishop Tutu says it is the thing that unites us.
The ultimate boerewors king is actually Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Speaking at the 2007 inaugural National Braai Day (with a boerewors roll in one hand and a braai grid full of scorching sausage in the other) the cleric confessed that "boerewors is really my favourite thing for a braai. More than chops or mealies, what I like is the wors. It's lekker, lekker, lekker. It is something that can unite us. It is so proudly, so uniquely South African."
Anna says these are the essentials of a boerewors are that it is predominantly beef, it should have an edible casing.
It should have no more than 30% fat. She added there should be no fillers, there should be no offal except in the casing and “it shall contain no mechanically recovered meat."
As to seasoning and fillers the act is very specific that "no ingredients shall be added except cereal products or starch, vinegar, spices, herbs, salt, other harmless flavourants, permitted food additives and water."
He who holds the boerewors controls the country.— Anna Trapido, Food Anthropologist
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