Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tis’ the (Grasshopper) Season

Glare of bright lights illuminates the smoke filled air. On a good night, grasshoppers by the thousands swarm traps made of shiny corrugated steel fitted into large drums. Children jump on the insects that miss the traps, picking them out of the grass and off walls. During the day, women sit in groups pulling the legs and wings off the still squirming bodies. Grasshoppers are a delicacy. They are usually deep fried and eaten like potato chips. Although they are not our favorite snack, we have tried them on occasion. Locals definitely get more delight out of a mzungu eating the little critters than we do ourselves.

Traps are set

Grasshoppers fill the air
A tasty plate of the fried insects

Peter, Robina (Nelson's wife) and Robert


A reluctant grasshopper eater

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