Malawi Andy

Tuesday, March 15, 2005


One of the local snacks in this area, and in other countries as well, is ngumbi.  These are the African termites that build the massive termite mounds.  We have several smaller mounds in the complex, but they are all over the surrounding area and some of them are easily taller than I am.  Some of the ngumbi have wings and begin flying around at the beginning of the rainy season.  They get pretty thick at night and you can see wings all over the side of the road in the mornings.  You just collect them as they fly around the exterior lights, seperate the wings, and fry'em up.  There really isn't much flavor to them, but with a little salt they make a good snack.