In Nigeria, there are many different sorts and species of insects to choose from. Nigerians have discovered that some of these insects are edible, thanks to the efforts of a local scientist. In addition, scientific studies have revealed that insects contain a high concentration of nutrients and are, as a result, extremely good to human health.
It is vital to mention that the practice of eating insects by humans is referred to as entomaphagy (the eating of insects by humans).
Five Insects that many Nigerians enjoy eating, as well as the health benefits they provide
One of the most popular insects among the people of Maiduguri, Borno state, is the grasshopper. It is one of the most popular insects that the people of Maiduguri prepare and consume. Salted and fried grasshoppers are common, as is sun-dried grasshoppers served with freshly ground pepper.
Crusty and delicious grasshoppers are a protein and mineral-rich bug that can aid to enhance metabolism by increasing blood flow.
2. Winged Termites:
Among the Igbos, this is a common bug delicacy that they like eating. In the Igbo language, winged termites are referred to as "akubembe," and they are most commonly encountered during the rainy season, hovering about light bulbs and other electrical fixtures. These insects are trapped using water, after which they are cleansed, salted, and finally roasted to perfection.
These have a distinct flavor and are crisp in their natural state. They are an extremely rich source of iron and calcium, which helps to build the bones and prevent anemia in people who are suffering from it.
3. Palm Weevil Larvae:
This is another bug delicacy that is popular among the inhabitants of the southeastern United States and Canada. Palm tree weevils are white segmented insects that are found in palm trees, which is why they are given this name.
It is customary to sprinkle pepper on these insects after capturing them from palm trees. After being captured and cleansed, they are roasted and served hot. Palm weevil larvae are typically sold on the street corner.
Many people only know crickets as the insects that make noise at night, and are unaware that crickets are also a nutrient-dense delicacy that may be enjoyed raw or cooked. Cooking crickets is often done by frying or sun drying them, and they have a distinct flavor.
Because crickets contain a high concentration of good fats, they can assist to promote heart health and avoid cardiovascular disease. They also contain a significant amount of amino acids.
The Igbos refer to this insect as Ololo, which means "caterpillar" in their language. In addition to being prepared and consumed as a whole dish, this caterpillar may also be utilized to produce other traditional foods such as 'ugba' (eggplant stew).
Caterpillars are a very good source of calcium, good fats, protein, iron, and other nutrients. These nutrients aid in the promotion of heart health, the strengthening of bones, and the prevention of anemia.
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