'Pestaurant' serves up insects

2015-06-04 18:39
(Nicole Maritz, Rentokil)

(Nicole Maritz, Rentokil)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg – Crickets normally have a cardboardy, puffed wheat kind of taste. Worms eaten on their own are also bland, but when put into chocolate brownies, they taste like peanuts.

Mealworm chocolates, scorpions encased in lollipops, buffalo worm and salsa rice cakes, chocolate brownie surprise and cream cheese and cricket wraps were some of the delights on offer at a pop-up “Pestaurant” on Wednesday for those who like a bit of entomophagy (the practice of eating insects).

The national pest control company came up with the idea to serve up these "delights" at Cresta Mall in Johannesburg to show off the other side of pest control.

It was intended more as a fun exercise and part of the company’s corporate social responsibility than to create a new revenue stream, the company’s marketing manager Lemay Rogers said on Thursday.

However, the insects did not come from the company’s pest control operations.

“We imported them from a supplier in the UK as we couldn’t find anyone locally. They are bred in sterile conditions, fed food fit for human consumption and then frozen, as this is the most humane way to help them pass on.”

Once frozen, they are dry roasted and packaged.

The first “Pestaurant” opened in the UK three years ago. The events have been held in several countries worldwide. Last year it made its way to Cape Town and this year it was Johannesburg’s turn.

Rogers said reaction to the insects was a mixed bag. Some people were put off, others had no problem eating insects.

“Once they got over the initial 'gril' factor, they were fine,” she said.

Insects provide more protein, have less fat, produce less methane and take up less space than livestock.

“The way the world is going, we need to look at other sustainable food sources,” Rogers added.

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  food

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.