Grasshoppers: A nutritious and popular delicacy in Uganda

In Uganda, grasshopper hunters work all night to catch as many insects as possible. They are sold at dawn in markets, before being grilled. At every major crossroads in the capital, vendors offer them to passers-by, who can not get enough. In baskets, on the ground or even directly in casseroles, these insects are not repulsive to the locals, but a valuable source of delicious protein. “It tastes a bit like meat, or even chicken,” explains a passerby.

Most of these little treats come from Masaka, in central Uganda. Every day, grasshopper hunters set up corrugated iron sheets leaning against barrels: a clever trap that uses light that insects find irresistible. “We have to install it every day and remove it every morning. That’s how we restore the content,” explains Ibrahim Katongole, a grasshopper hunter.

Our France 2 colleagues report, with FRANCE 24’s Jennie Shin.

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