Would you eat giant worms?
The worms can be mighty tasty and they're very nutritious. It is known as a mopane worm because it is found chomping the leaves of mopane trees after it hatches in summer.
At the local market, mopane worms are quite popular with residents who buy a cup or two of them and eat them immediately. The market is abuzz with activity, with most stalls strategically displaying the delicacy so people cannot miss them. Vendors offer free samples.
The mopani worms are graded according to size and the area where they were harvested. Picky buyers ask about their provenance before buying, favoring worms from one district over another. To the connoisseurs, worms from one area taste different from those from another.
The worms are high in healthy nutrients and contain three times the amount of protein as beef. Eating worms is less taxing on the environment than consuming beef because it takes far fewer leaves to produce worms than it does feed to produce the same amount of beef.
Once they've been dried out, they can be eaten straight away. They can also be cooked in a spicy or peanut butter sauce and served with pap, a maize porridge.
Critical thinking challenge: Why are worms better than beef?
Define these words: porridge, provenance, delicacy
- Posted on January 24, 2013