It’s that time of year when Ugandans take to the fields and streets in the night hours to “catch/trap” nsenene, a long horned grasshopper found in central and south-western Uganda. The edible insect also known as bush cricket. It is a source of income, contain protein and food to man Ugandans. They appear in the mini season of May but majorly November. They are in colors of; green, brown and yellow.
How they are prepared;
- Pluck wings and limbs off
- Wash in warm water twice or thrice depending on how dirty they are.
- Put a little water to boil
- Salt and onions if you like seasoning. Sometimes, the onions help keep a good aroma if you aren’t going to consume them in the next two days.
- Fry until golden brown over medium heat, ensure their abdomens are completely drained – crunchy.
- Stir occasionally to prevent burning. Like you are trying groundnuts.
Nsenene trappers use lights/power grid to capture the insects.