Stink Bugs could not sound less appetising. This is a species that secretes a pungent chemical that is used as a defence mechanism against predators. In a nutshell, Stink Bugs smell bad — hence the name. It’s surprising then that these odorous insects are eaten in great number throughout South Africa, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
The good news? When cooked, Stink Bugs lose the eye-watering aroma that gives the species such a bad reputation. But that’s not all. Rich in protein, vitamins and essential nutrients, this is an insect that is vital to keeping local people well nourished, fit and healthy.
Boiled and then sun-dried, Stink Bugs are fried and served as a salted snack. Tempted to give them a try? Stink Bugs could not sound less appetising, it’s true. But this weird food is one that, in our opinion, does not deserve to have such a bad name.