Kampala, Uganda (CNN) — In Uganda, where grasshoppers are regarded as a delicious seasonal snack, the appetite for the crispy critters has created a booming informal trade that has turned some trappers into wealthy men.
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“They were just something you found in the grass during the rainy season,” explains Ugandan Lawrence Mawanda. “I didn’t know they could be profitable.”….During high season the sidewalks of the Kampala neighborhood of Natete are lined with mostly women vendors selling grasshoppers whole or plucked of their legs, wings and antennae and deep fried or sautéed with onion and chili. They fetch 1,000 Ugandan shillings (40 cents) for four-teaspoons worth. (Continue reading–)