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Abdulmumuni is a tradesman (son of the market, as you would say in Hausa) at the market of Zinder, who specializes in a local delicacy: sun dried locusts/grasshoppers.

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Although the idea of eating locusts can be repulsive to many, it is a question of mindset. I just read on the Internet that in ancient Greece and Rome, locusts were considered a delicacy superior to the best meat or fish. In Zinder, they sell as the most expensive food on the entire market.

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Rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals, they are a much appreciated part of Nigerien food culture.

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When caught naturally, they are a healthy source of proteins for growing children.

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Although selling at a whooping 1500 CFA/tiya (the bowl in white, a local measurement unit), the demand is high and clients keep coming in.

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Locusts are sold all year round, but when there are not enough locusts to be found in the bush, Abdulmumuni sells piri-piri (red pepper) and haya (a local groundnut) instead. His favourite however is by far the sun dried locusts, which generate the highest income!

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