While you are used to eating meat and fish, some Nigerians are quite adventurous with the foods they eat.
Here is a list of animals and other things you probably didn’t know Nigerians enjoy cooking and eating. Which of them have you had?
I will be discussing 7 unconventional foods Nigerians eat;
Monkey meat is the flesh and other edible parts derived from monkeys, a kind of bushmeat. Human consumption of monkey meat has been historically recorded in numerous parts of the world, including multiple Asian and African nations. Monkey meat consumption has been reported in parts of Europe and the Americas as well.
Even though monkeys and apes area unit like second cousins to citizenry, some Nigerians don’t have any drawback cutting up these species and creating a effervescent pot of stew with them. Monkeys as meat area unit discouraged as they’re same to be a technique that the Ebola virus is unfold.
2.) DOG MEAT
Dog meat is the flesh and other edible parts derived from dogs. Historically, human consumption of dog meat has been recorded in many parts of the world.
While the rest of the world believes that dog is man’s best friend, some Nigerians, particularly Calabar and Ondo people see the animal as a delicacy. A dog is not necessarily meant to be a pet or guard the house, sometimes it is just a good source of protein.
3.) PALM WEAVIL LARVAE
After harvesting palm wine from the palm tree, the tree is left to rot and later produces some kind of big worms popularly known as “Akokuno”. These worms are roasted and eaten as a delicacy.
They are often said to taste like chicken because of their mild flavor, with a texture most similar to chicken wings. The taste and texture of frog meat is approximately between chicken and fish.
Frog as meat isn’t common in this part of the world, but many do it. They are either fresh or dried and used as meat in stews and soups. They kind of taste like chicken.
5.) MOPANE WORMS
Native to South Africa, mopane worms are large caterpillars which are considered as good source of protein. You can find the black worms in fried, dried or roasted state, being sold in local village markets in Nigeria. They can be eaten roasted or used in soups and stews.
Agama lizards were very popular during the civil war when there was little to eat. Now it is something that is eaten, not quite often and especially by children in rural areas who are adventurous. The lizard is roasted for its meat.
Crickets are another group of insects that children like to hunt for and take home to to fry or roast with pepper. According to Legit, crickets are low in fat and provide complete protein containing all nine of the essential amino acids.