A true and unique Namibian delicacy; termite hill mushrooms. They are farmed by the termites and to date humans have been unable to cultivate these giant mushrooms. Part of the species Termitomyces, this edible fungi plays a vital role in creating a balance amongst the termite colony. Amazingly it is the fungi that cultivates the termites and not the other way around.
Omajowa occure only during the rainy season.
These giant mushrooms grow at the foot of large termite hills after the rains and can weigh up to 1 kg each, a true sign of prosperity and rapid growth which is highly valued in some Namibian cultures. Farm workers will harvest the Omajowa and sell them along the roadside as an added income.
They are commonly fried in olive oil and butter and then served on toast, or the tops are grilled in the oven or fried in a pan as “steaks”.
Be careful though, if not cleaned properly you will end up with a mouthful of grid.