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Saudi Arabia Sees Growing Popularity of Dishes Made From Locusts

  • Publish date: Monday، 22 January 2024
Saudi Arabia Sees Growing Popularity of Dishes Made From Locusts

Saudi Arabia is witnessing a surge in culinary experimentation, notably with locust-based dishes, particularly the innovative "locust burger."

As locusts reach their peak season, individuals are exploring creative ways to cook and enjoy these insects at home. The locust burger comprises burger buns, locusts, onions, ketchup, and various customizable toppings.

Regions like Medina and Qassim are abundant in locusts, known for their favorable taste. Despite their popularity, specialized locust cuisine restaurants are currently lacking in Saudi Arabia.

Locust enthusiasts often share their experiences on social media, detailing the processes of hunting, purchasing (with bags of about 100 locusts selling for 50 riyals), and preparing various locust dishes.

The preparation typically involves cooking the locusts alive in water and adding ingredients like onions and oil. Some individuals prefer to pair locusts with lettuce, while others have taken it a step further by introducing the locust burger to the culinary scene.