It’s not cricket when goggas are on the menu
The usual reaction is to reach for a can of Doom or a shoe if you find locusts and crickets in your home. But before you kill them, think of all the proteins you will be destroying.
“One man’s pest is another man’s protein” was the theme at Rentokil’s “Pestaurant” at Joburg’s Cresta Shopping Centre on Wednesday.
The pop-up restaurant, erected once a year, attracted curious passers-by who stared with amazement and horror at the insect dishes, while a few brave souls closed their eyes and tasted them.
Crickets, locusts, scorpions and, thankfully, the more familiar mopani worms were on the menu.
Though the dried-out insects tasted like old Weet-Bix, they were disguised in popular snacks such as brownies, canapés, wraps and lollipops to encourage passers-by to taste them.
Percy Letswalo, who tasted the chocolate crickets, said: “Someone told me insects have a lot of protein. I’m very concerned about my diet and I thought I should have a look. At first I was afraid to taste one, but afterwards I thought it needed a bit more seasoning. I hope they will sell it in the shops,” he laughed.
Rentokil wants to inform more people about the sustainability of insects.
Lemay Rogers, the marketing manager of Rentokil, said insects were very healthy.
“Insects and worms are high in protein and iron and have very little fat and ... insects are good for the body. Pests can now be used as a source of nutrition in your diet.”
The insects are imported from Britain, where they are bred to be eaten.
A shopper reacts to the creepy-crawly snack trays that were laid out for tasting at Joburg’s Cresta Shopping Centre