Johannesburg gets its first `Pestaurant` pop-up that serves up insects

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.


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