Sadza, a porridge made from maize (cornmeal), is the staple food of most Zimbabweans. Tea is popular with meals and in the workplace.
While many people use Western utensils, it is also common to eat with their fingers in rural areas. Regardless of what is used, water is first provided for washing hands. When guests are invited, the hostess usually serves each plate, and it is polite to leave a little food behind to show one is not greedy. When finished eating, a person asks permission of the others to leave the table. Breakfast is eaten before one goes to or begins daily work, and the main meal is eaten after work. Lunch is usually light.