There are numerous advantages to eating locusts.
A village elder, Jacob Mate Shiamwama from Ilesi in Kakamega East Sub-County, told Daily Nation that locusts are considered a delicacy in many communities in the region.
“When locusts were sighted, there would be excitement in the villages,” he says.
“PEOPLE WOULD WAIT UNTIL NIGHTFALL WHEN THEY HAD DESCENDED AND SETTLED ON TREES AND VEGETATION. THEY WOULD THEN COLLECT THE LOCUSTS AND PUT THEM IN BASKETS AND CONTAINERS FOR ROASTING IN POTS.”
According to Prof John Nderitu and other experts.
“The locusts have always been eaten in western Kenya as a delicacy. Half a kilo of termites in Kakamega is more expensive than half a kilo of meat,” says the researcher.
Here is why locusts are a better alternative than processed or fired junk foods.
1. Locusts are a much healthier alternative to industrially produced junk snacks.
2. No plastic packaging.
3. It is a convenient bite-sized snack
4. Pundits claim it tastes like quail
5. They’re an excellent source of protein.
Here is a simple recipe you can use to fry up a snack for yourself.
1/4 cup butter
pinch of salt
1 cup cleaned insects
2 Tbs. honey
1 tsp. black pepper or any pepper, mixed in with the honey
1. Melt your butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the insects and salt and stir gently for around 10 minutes, making sure to get them completely covered in butter.
2. When the bugs are suitably crisped, drizzle the spice-honey over them and stir a bit more.
3. Then spread them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and cook for around 10 minutes at 200 F, until the bugs are no longer quite so sticky.
4. Have a sit and snack away.