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Termites in the Human Diet


Formosan termite alates from http://www.ars.us...

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In many cultures, termites (particularly the winged ones known as alates) are used for food. The alates are nutritious, having a good store of fat and protein, and are palatable in most species with a nutty flavour when cooked. They are easily gathered at the beginning of the rainy season in West, Central and Southern Africa when they swarm, as they are attracted to lights and can be gathered up when they land on nets put up around a lamp. The wings are shed and can be removed by a technique similar to winnowing. They are best gently roasted on a hot plate or lightly fried until slightly crisp; oil is not usually needed since their bodies are naturally high in oil. Traditionally they make a welcome treat at the beginning of the rainy season when livestock is lean, new crops have not yet produced food, and stored produce from the previous growing season is running low.

They are also eaten in Indonesia, including Central Java, where they are roasted or fried.

This information is courtesy of Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Termite#Nests

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April 25, 2011 - Posted by | twitter | , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. What an interesting provision of God!

    Comment by Sarah P | April 26, 2011 | Reply


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