Dining on grilled caterpillars with olive oil on July 9, 2014, in a makeshift restaurant in the Lingwala district of Kinshasa. These affordable pleasures are a source of protein at a lower cost, but the real fans defend their gastronomic qualities.- Photos AFP
Congolese can’t get enough of insects; some even prefer them to meat.
In Kinshasa’s Gambela market shoppers can find insects for every occasion – from unctuous white weevil larvae for fancy dinners to crispy caterpillars and snacky termites that stick in your teeth.
They may be an unbeatably cheap source of protein, but DR Congo’s many insect connoisseurs insist they also have real gastronomic value. And the crowds pressing around the insect sellers at the market show that the Congolese can’t get enough of them – crushed, boiled or fried.
“The caterpillars and the other insects we eat are very rich in protein,” said Maguy Manase, a seller at the market.