DIP A OUMA: Ouma Rusks - A South African Culinary Heritage

“DIP A OUMA”: Ouma Rusks – A South African Culinary Heritage

Elizabeth Ann Greyvenstein from the farm Friedenham, often called Ouma Nannie, hauled out a household recipe for rusks, and went about baking a batch. She then offered them on the subsequent Church bazaar, and inside minutes, the scrumptious rusks have been snapped up by keen consumers, and that’s when the orders began pouring in.Quickly after that, Ouma Nannie’s rusks have been obtainable on the varied group social events and sporting occasions. Her Son cleverly noticed the chance to check the demand for his Mother’s delicacy, and went on a nationwide highway journey, taking the rusks with him and selling them. He returned with a great deal of orders, and went about turning the household barn right into a rusk manufacturing unit, equipping it with home-made rusk dryers and clay ovensNannie first offered her rusks beneath the model Uitspan, then Outspan. Finally they grew to become Ouma Rusks. Finally they grew to become Ouma Rusks. When the Greyvensteyns wanted larger premises, Ouma Nannie utilized for a mortgage of R3 000 from the newly created Industrial Growth Company. Her husband was well-respected, and have become mayor of Molteno for a record-breaking 21 years.The barn at Friedenheim grew to become a manufacturing unit which sadly burnt down in 1952. A brand new, higher one was constructed instead – most likely an excellent factor, as a result of by then the little farm exterior Molteno was one thing of a participant within the dry meals market.To at the present time, the legendary Ouma rusks are nonetheless being baked at Friedenham Farm. In winter it appears, the entire of South Africa desires to wrap its collective palms round a cup of espresso and dip an Ouma.The enterprise grew to become the little city’s most recognised business and employs probably the most employees inside a 150km radius. Ouma Nannie saved her hand on the enterprise for a few years, and sadly handed away in 1989 on the ripe outdated age of 98 years.Ouma rusks at the moment are nonetheless loved every day, particularly with that first morning cuppa. Key components which give Ouma Rusks their distinctive flavour, embody wheat flour, orange and lemon peel, raisins, peanuts, oats, coconut, vanilla and honey. The product is stocked in shops all through South Africa and can be discovered on cabinets in shops for South African expatriates abroad. South Africans all over the world yearn for and revel in the well-known Ouma Rusks.Some 80 years later, the legend of Ouma Rusks lives on, each morning, with that first cup of espresso…Ouma Rusks are legendary, in actual fact they’ve a lot historical past that they’ve turn out to be a part of South Africa’s culinary heritage.