Hunting “forest shrimp” specialties of the Central Highlands for millions of dollars each day.

The caterpillar pupae have a greasy, nutty, aromatic, and nutritious taste likened to a “forest shrimp” in the Central Highlands.

At the peak of the dry season (usually from mid-March to early May and next year), ethnic minority people in the Western Central Highlands go to the mountains, cultivate the fields, dig into the forest, turn over the leaves to prevent the cocoons from growing deeply, picking up the pupae. cauldron.

The dishes made from the worms and larvae are rich in flavor, rich in nutrients – like “forest shrimp” in the Central Highlands.

Grasshopper caterpillars and pollen caterpillars. The caterpillars only eat the leaves of the cassava leaves and cause damage to other major crops. Black cassava is a precious tree of group I, widely grown to block the wind and shade the coffee trees; ancient map of the pepper tree.

Y Nhat Nie, Ea H’ding, Cu M’gar know: At the end of the coffee watering period, the trees have budded and budded, and the worms are spreading. When the caterpillar matures, the caterpillar leaves the top of the tree, and descends to the foliage to pull the cocoon. Both caterpillars and pupae can be used to process dishes, the most delicious is still the pupa (processing of cocoons).

Each set of people can take 4-5kg of pupa cocoons. The cocoon cocoon is sold at the price of 170,000-200,000 VND/kg.

According to Ms. H’Tha Mlo in Ea H’ding Cu M’gar, Dak Lak, there are many ways to prepare worms and worms. The most popular is mixed with lemongrass and chili and then stir-fried or steamed with ginger. The processing is quite simple, just wash, drain and then marinate spices, lemongrass, chili and use cooking oil to fry; or use a water-bath steamer. The pupae stir-fried with lemongrass and chili, steamed with ginger… can be eaten as a party, eaten with rice, or eaten with drinks.

Black caterpillars, nymphs and nymphs. After processing the dish, аυ ang is eye-catching. The dishes made from the worms and larvae are rich in flavor, rich in nutrients – like “forest shrimp” in the Central Highlands.

Caterpillar larva is a familiar dish of the Ede people. However, for those who don’t know, those who hear it feel terrible, but when they are rewarded, they like it very much. The deep pupa has gradually become a specialty of the Central Highlands.

According to VOV