As locusts swarm across Australia, folks are finding a way to get back at the insects that devour crops – eat ‘em!
One café in Mildura, northern Victoria state, is offering locusts as a crunchy topping for pizza, CNN affiliate ABC news reports.
The idea for the dish came from the mayor of the town of 60,000, Glen Milne, according to ABC. The politician rounded up locusts in a garbage bag in the town’s center.
"You can't stop finding them when they get killed on your car, but it's another story when you get out on the oval and try to catch them," he told ABC.
Locusts as lunch seems appropriate for the town whose Web site touts it as “the center of Victoria’s Food Bowl.”
“Most of Australia's dried fruit, grapes, citrus, almonds, pistachios, olives, carrots, and asparagus are grown in the Mildura region,” the Web site says.
Would locusts be a good addition to that list of crops?
The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations reports that dried locusts are about 62 percent protein and can be prepared in stir fry, roasted or boiled. It even offers a few recipes, pizza not among them.
The Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry says heavy rainfall has created ideal conditions for locust breeding and swarms are expected to worsen over broad areas of the country.