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They say it looks like a small grasshopper but is brown in color. It feeds on rice seedlings roots causing the seedlings to die so they also consider it as a pest and like other farm insects, they also eat it. I smiled because I thought that the farmer was just joking but I realized that he was serious when he continued talking.
He said that they dig the mud using their feet to look for mole crickets and collect them in a container. He even added that it is best sautéed with tomatoes. While hearing this, I visualized how it looked like and I cant imagine how they could eat that kind of thing. I dont know to react so I just nodded and acted like it was normal.
After a while, the farmers arrived with the mole crickets they have collected. I wanted to ask why they have to eat these insects while there are a lot of normal foods to choose from but I was hesitant because it might offend them. Good thing, one farmer finally shared a story about it. He said that there was a time when one farmer has nothing to eat. Then, he thought of cooking the mole crickets he collected from his field and eating it. He liked the taste and shared the story to other farmers. From then on, they eat mole crickets occasionally, especially when they dont have anything to eat.
The story-telling was interrupted when the sautéed mole crickets was finally served. For me, it smelled like any other sautéed food. The farmers started eating once the plate was put in the table. One farmer demonstrated how it should be eaten. He removed the insects head and then put the remaining parts to his mouth. He said that the head is the hard part and is irritating to the throat. However, other farmers prefer to just eat it the way it is.
When I saw all of them eating the cricket, it felt normal to me and thought that maybe I could eat it too so I tried eating one when they offered me. Honestly, I liked it and I found myself eating it like I was used to eat
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