The low down on Droewors

Droewors literally means dried sausage in Afrikaans. Often eaten as a snack food, it is made from boerewors sausages, which are sausages traditionally spiced using coriander seeds.

The first recorded use of droewors was in the 17th century, when Dutch settlers arrived in South Africa and began preserving meat. Given the climate, settlers were faced with the dilemma of food going off very quickly if it was not cooked or eaten. The creation of Droewors (and also biltong) provided the perfect solution, as it allowed settlers to keep their meat for longer.

So, what’s the difference between droewors and biltong? There is one main difference between the two dried meats. Droewors are made from sausages while biltong is made from meat.

Droewors come in thick and thin versions, though the thinner versions, such as ours, are more popular. This is due in part to the thinner sausages being easier to cure and dry and also because they are easier to carry around.

Droewors are now one of the most popular local snacks in South Africa and also have a worldwide following with expat South Africans and others who have discovered the delights of its taste.