It’s not cricket when gog­gas are on the menu

CityPress - - News - – Chanté Daries

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

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