- Uganda Airlines will have cooked grasshoppers included on its menu after an incident in which a man was caught hawking them inside a Dubai-bound plane
- Uganda Airlines, which is the country's flag carrier, said it had picked some lessons from the incident; the airline observed that most of its clients enjoy the delicacy
- The airline has now resolved to add it to its menu upon the request of passengers boarding regional and international flights
Uganda's national carrier is considering including grasshoppers (locally known as Nsenene) on its menu for passengers' consumption.
This is after one of the passengers was caught selling the insects inside a Dubai-bound plane.
While it does not condone trading inside its aircraft, Uganda Airlines says, "it has picked lessons from the incident."
The carrier noticed that most of its clients enjoy the grasshoppers, which are served as a delicacy in Kenya's western neighbour. For that reason, it will have the delicacy on its menu.
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"We have picked lessons from the incident. Some of our customers enjoy Nsenene. We understand that they were not in plenty this season hence the excitement. We are considering adding Nsenene, a Ugandan delicay, to our menu for regional and international flights on request," said Uganda Airlines in an official statement.
Further, the Uganda's flag carrier stated that adding the delicacy to its menu will benefit the people in the grasshopper value chain and those in the tourism industry.
"This move will boost tourism marketing and the livelihood of those in the grasshopper value chain going forward," it said.
Nsenene, Ugandans' treasure
As evidenced by how the passengers interacted with the hawker, grasshoppers are a cherished delicacy in Uganda.
As earlier stated, the insects are locally known as Nsenene and are even canned and shelved in supermarkets, save for the open-air markets where they are common.
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Nsenene are normally in plenty during the rainy season months of April, May, July, October and November.
Their preparation is not that daunting, as one is only required to pull off their wings and feet before placing them on a frying pan.
The cooking is done without or very little edible oil as the insects are naturally oily.
They are served hot or cold, a snack, or a regular meal.
Nsenenes are highly recommended for being rich in vitamins A, B, and C.
They are even richer in protein than milk and fish, plus they provide more energy than wheat.