These are called ‘Mopane worms’ although they are actually caterpillars. They are quite nutritious as they are rich in protein. I tried one at the Lesedi Village north of Johannesburg…it was crunchy, salty and tasted like a mouthful of seaweed. Other than that it didn’t have much flavour. I doubt they could replace popcorn or chips in terms of eating enjoyment but at least they’re good for you!
Cannot say I would be as adventurous as you. I also did not partake of the banana beer brewed in unhygienic conditions and shared (same vessel) by groups of acquaintances when in East Africa. I vicariously enjoyed watching other curious participants! Actually there are places in Toronto where you can enjoy the nutritious protein insects, grilled, stir fried and baked 😊
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Ooooo must get the name of those restaurants!