WITH THE TREND IN CREATING ALTERNATIVE HEALTHY SUSTAINABLE MEALS, AFRICA IS TURNING TO EATING INSECTS.
Oh my word! I just like how my bucket list continues to grow. There are many things I want to do in this world such as sky diving, bungee jumping (which I would do only do once), skinny dipping (which I would do a lot of times), visit the Grand Canyon, climb Kilimanjaro (may not get to the top), and now eat a meal made out of insects (must be yummy). If your first response to the insect bit was yuck, then please by all means you have to try it. Face your disgust.
A South African based enterprise, Gourmet Grubb is exploring making great tasting ice cream using insect milk. Following the trend in the global economy to explore new means to create healthy and sustainable food to cater for the estimated 9.6 billion population growth by 2050, insects have got to work a little harder. Traditional agriculture is set to stagger as land mass may not sufficiently meet the growing demand.
“Despite being pegged as a 'superfood of the future', entomophagy – the human use of insects as food – is an age-old practice in countries within Asia, South America and Africa. Over 2,000 insect species are eaten globally and form part of over 2 billion people’s diets already" noted Bessa, who holds a MSc in Food Science.
In Nigeria for example, nuptial termites are consumed a lot during the rainy season as a healthy delicacy known as Chinge. Oh and don’t forget our favourite honey made from bees.
With a little bit of awareness and preparation of tasty attractive meals; food made from insects is sure to go main stream in Africa, and I am so having it.