Holiday grub: Zimbabwean beetle makes a seasonal snack

MHONDORO, Zimbabwe (AFP) – Earnmore Chikavaza takes a mouthful of fried beetles and munches happily, downing the crunchy snack with a mouthful of water. He runs out of superlatives to sum up the benefits of a food that is healthy, tasty, organic and – a special advantage in a poor country – absolutely free.

The delicacy is the chafer beetle, a dark-red Zimbabwean bug which proliferates in the southern hemisphere country at this time of year. “You don’t spend anything on the beetles. They are free relish,” the slender 28-year-old miner told AFP.

More details on Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin