Today’s Cultural Close-Up was contributed by Carly Newman from The Wanderlust Days Travel Blog.

Cambodia is an enchanting country with beautiful people and at times, a brutal history. This history is ever present today in the unusual but very popular insect snacks.

Rich in protein, vitamins and minerals the edible insect market is an excellent way for the rural population to satisfy their nutritional requirements, and maintain their cultural heritage.

Snacking on grasshoppers the way westerners consume crisps, Cambodian adults and children love this daily indulgence.

Cambodia Insect Stand

Cambodia Insect Stand. Photo courtesy of  Carly Newman

Cambodia Street Food Stall

Cambodia Street Food Stall. Photo courtesy of  Carly Newman

Fried Beetles Moths. Food in Cambodia

Fried Beetles Moths Photo courtesy of Carly Newman

Fried Grasshoppers, Food in Cambodia

Fried grasshoppers. Photo courtesy of  Carly Newman


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