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Women of Tembe clan at Emfihlweni Royal Residence to present the 1st brew of the Marula fruit to Head of the Tembe Clan, Inkosi Mabhudu Tembe (Image: www.ukdm.gov.za)

 The fresh, ripe marula fruit is edible and is used to make beer. Marula has a truly delicious nut which can be eaten raw or roasted and is rich in protein (28 %) and oil. The good-tasting oil is used for cooking and for products such as preservatives. Jelly, juice, salad dressing and jam can be made from the fruit. – The skin can be processed into glue, soap, ointment, achar and vinegar.

uMthayi Marula Festival is a traditional African celebration of the harvesting of the marula fruit in the Kwa-Ngwanase district, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. The Marula season begins each year in mid-February and continues until May, bringing with it a celebration of the harvest of the marula fruit. Once the green fruits fall to the ground, women and children gather and store them until they ripen to a creamy yellow colour. The fruits are then placed into water, sugar is added and it is fermented, and distilled into a beer. This beverage mixture is called it buganu, or marula beer.

This is a unique celebration of culture, heritage and trans-border relations since it is attended by people from neighbouring Mozambique and Swaziland.

The main feature of the festival is the unique practice of the Tembe people, in which they bring gourds of amarula beer to the inkosi who, according to custom, must be the first to partake of the brew before the community can join in the festivities.

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The main feature of the festival is the unique practice of the Tembe people, in which they bring gourds of amarula beer to the inkosi who, according to custom, must be the first to partake of the brew before the community can join in the festivities.

Images from #uMthayi2017

 

 


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