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Best season to travel to South Africa

Roasted Termites

Close your eyes and you'll think you're eating pretzels or popcorn


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Termites are a true seasonal delicacy for locals; kids love them for the taste and adults appreciate them for their protein and low cost. Harvesting is free and easy—all you have to do is find a termite mound and tempt them out with a blade of grass, a bait that is known to always work. Cooking them is just as simple: wash and fry them until their heads turn red to brownish.

Tourists may find fried termites as a popular street food at the beginning of the rainy season, from November to January. This is the termite swarming season, so they are in abundance.

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