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One Man’s Meat, Another Man’s Poison

People the world over have many different cultures and traditions, which is part of what sets us apart and makes us all interesting. Diet is one of the key elements of our different cultures. Often when we travel to different parts of the world, we are horrified by some of the food that people different to us eat.

Here at Persona Paper, I love the interaction among us all as we come from all four corners of the world. There’s a rich diversity of cultures from which we can all learn so much. Today I wanted to find out what delicacies from around the world people have in their countries, which could be deemed as strange by others unaccustomed to them.

Take for instance in my country Botswana, we eat a highly nutritious caterpillar called mophani worm . Just the name is enough to turn some people’s stomachs, yet it is a tasty part of the Botswana people’s diet. The mophani worm has also been found to be very rich in protein.

How Do you Eat It

  • It can be eaten as a snack; where it’s been smoked and dried
  • It can be stewed with vegetables and accompanied with pap, stiff porridge common to Southern Africa
  • It can also be fried with onions and other vegetables of your choice

I personally can’t bring myself to eat them, because of my fear of worms. Not many people who are unaccustomed to them will even try them, although I hear they are canned and exported to countries such as France and Belgium!

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Porcospino wrote on March 4, 2015, 3:50 PM

I love to eat some of the local food when I visit a new country, but there are some types of food that I don't eat for instance dog meat. I probably wouldn't eat the mophani worm from your country either.

Kasman wrote on March 5, 2015, 3:04 PM

Western tastes don't usually run to this type of food even though insects are an excellent source of protein. It's a cultural thing. By the way your image credit leads to the licence - it should lead to the image page. This is the correct link:

Dawnwriter wrote on March 6, 2015, 12:52 PM

I really would not want to eat that. But it is amazing how nature provides us with important nutrients.

Lushlala wrote on March 8, 2015, 3:17 PM

Hehe the mophani worm is not for the faint of heart, I must admit. I don't eat, too. I wouldn't eat cat, dog or horse either. Some things are just not meant to be eaten, in my eyes!

Lushlala wrote on March 8, 2015, 3:19 PM

The funny thing is on the whole our diet is quite similar to the English diet, mainly stodgy and bland food. BTW I did rectify theylink. It took me a while, but i did it in the end; after perusing your article! Thanks :)

Lushlala wrote on March 8, 2015, 3:20 PM

But it does make you wonder, why did someone think; oh yes, that looks tasty, let me just try it!

MegL wrote on March 8, 2015, 4:47 PM

I suppose if you are hungry enough, you will try it!

cmoneyspinner wrote on March 9, 2015, 3:36 PM

LOL. Agree with MegL - You say you won't eat certain things but just get hungry enough ... !

peachpurple wrote on March 11, 2015, 12:53 AM

eww, it makes me nausea already. I never eat insects or exotic items.

arthurchappell wrote on March 16, 2015, 1:42 PM

I'd be happy to give them a try if I came across them

Lushlala wrote on March 16, 2015, 3:03 PM

Like I said, it's not for those with weak stomachs lol

Lushlala wrote on March 16, 2015, 3:05 PM

You're a very brave man, Arthur! I'll be sure to bring some with next time I'm in Manchester. I'll look you up and hold you to that hehe

Gordon Ramsay once brought some to the Jonathan Ross show and made him taste one. He hated it. But bless him, he did have a nibble lol

CalmGemini wrote on March 18, 2015, 11:28 AM

I can't bring myself to eat mophani worm.I think they are considered nutritious and delicious.