Thoughts from the Field: Tom the Termite Man

by Meradith Hoddinott

For some, eating insects sounds strange. But for many, insects are everyday staples and sometimes treasured delicacies. The lab is in the midst of a 3-year project that aims to learn from cultures around the world and explore the gastronomic potential of insects. The project, Discerning Taste: Deliciousness as an Argument for Entomophagy, is funded by the Velux Foundation. 

Our first insect story takes place in the lush hills of central Uganda, in an area called Kisoga, west of Kampala.

Voices: Josh Evans, Ben Reade, Tom Lugeba, and Rogers Sserunjogi
Music: Strobe Lights by King Pleaxure
Field audio from Andreas Johnsen

Still hungry? Here’s a termite snack.

Complex Sandwiches

Tom’s wife, Ritah, makes roasted termites for Josh and Ben.

Voices: Josh Evans, Ben Reade, and Tom Lugeba
Field audio from Andreas Johnsen