Just click to see him in his glory! Should I be alarmed at this past news story or just hungry?! Tarantulas are quite ” the dish” in Cambodia. They eat them fried there. (Claudia, as I promised, I will be glad to cook up some Amazonian recipes for my dessert night during our Monday night bible study…this recipe is for you.)
Toss spiders in a mixture of msg, sugar, and salt; fry crushed garlic is in oil until fragrant, then add spiders and fry alongside the garlic until “the legs are almost completely stiff, by which time the contents of the abdomen are not so runny. Cool and enjoy the crunch!
What can you expect? The taste is mostly described as bland, with a textural contrast between a crispy exterior and soft centre. The legs contain little flesh, while the head and body have “a delicate white meat inside”. The abdomen, however, many find not as pleasant: inside is a brown paste consisting perhaps of organs, eggs, or excrement. Some call it a delicacy while others recommend not eating it.
After doing a search on spiders of the Amazon, I found out all sorts of lovely things. Tarantulas are eaten by many people there. Some tarantulas are the size of blue crabs on up to a 12 inch pizza pan. Some are even bigger, like the goliath bird eating tarantula. Imagine how big if they are eating birds. These spiders are roasted over an open fire until cooked. Legs are cracked open like crabs and eaten and then the body is eaten. The needlelike long fangs are used as toothpicks by the villagers who eat them.
I guess I will just have to imagine I am eating a blue crab. It is a blue crab. It is a blue crab. It is!
Lost Frenchmen ate jungle spiders
Two French hikers who got lost in thick jungle in French Guiana survived for seven weeks by consuming turtle meat, big hairy spiders and river water. The men were rescued on Thursday, exhausted and dehydrated.
Loic Pillois and Guilhem Nayral disappeared on 14 February, having set off from the Grand Kanori rapids bound for the village of Saul.
Guilhem’s brother Gilles said “they ate palm seeds, insects, mygales (big spiders) and two turtles” to survive.
Mr Pillois, 34, emerged at Saul at 1000 (1300 GMT) on Thursday and told the authorities that his friend Guilhem, 34, was about six hours’ walk away to the south, the French news agency AFP reported.
Rescuers found him and brought him out by helicopter. One of them, gendarme Martin Andre, said Guilhem was “stretched out on the ground, completely exhausted, very thin, dehydrated”.
“When I took him in my arms, he burst into tears,” he added. Mr Pillois confirmed to the French broadcaster RFO Guyane that their jungle diet had included spiders. They had chopped down trees to make a fire.
According to Gilles Nayral, Guilhem had lost about 20kg and he had lost feeling in his tongue “because of the poison from a spider he had eaten without having cooked it enough”.
About 40 police and soldiers had searched for the pair for three weeks, on land and by helicopter. The search was suspended on 26 March.
The hikers – who remained in hospital on Friday – had maps and compasses but no GPS navigation.