Woman Goes Viral for Keeping Cockroaches as Food, Says It Tastes Like Fish

Woman Goes Viral for Keeping Cockroaches as Food, Says It Tastes Like Fish

  • After running into losses rearing chicken and ducks, Tanzanian singer Saumu Hamisi alias Ummy Doll embarked on keeping cockroaches
  • She said the business of selling roaches is profitable, and she loves eating the insects which taste like white meat
  • Hamisi said family and neighbours were initially shocked when she started keeping the insects but have since changed tune as she makes good money

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A woman from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, has become an internet sensation for keeping cockroaches for food.

Saumu Hamisi alias Ummy Doll.
Saumu Hamisi said cockroaches are tasty, and the business is profitable. Photos: BBC.
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Favourite meal

Saumu Hamisi, a singer whose stage name is Ummy Doll, said people said a lot when they heard she was keeping the insects.

“Some said I was mad but cockroaches earn me money so I don’t care about people’s opinions,” she told BBC.

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Hamisi, who has a song dubbed Sina, said cockroaches are tasty.

“It is one of my favourite meals. You can eat them raw, you can cook them with coconut or accompanied with with ugali or rice,” she said.

The beauty said cockroaches are just like any other food, and they taste like chicken or fried fish.

The musician said she opted to keep the insects after running into losses when rearing chicken and ducks.

Keeping roaches profitable

However, Hamisi pointed out that the roaches she keeps are different from those found in houses.

"I bought these from an institute located in Morogoro. They do not have diseases in their bodies and I ensure they stay in a clean environment,” she said.

She warned people from consuming cockroaches they find in their homes.

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Hamisi also divulged that the optimum conditions for keeping the insects include darkness, heat and enough food.

“They grow fast and reproduce quickly,” she said.

She admitted that her family and neighbours were stunned when they learned she was keeping roaches.

“The neighbours and family members were initially shocked but they are now used to it,” she said, adding that the Chinese, a few Tanzanians and those rearing chicken purchase the roaches from her.

Nairobi man feasting on roaches

YEN.com.gh previously reported that a Kibera man shocked many by consuming cockroaches.

Geoffrey Lugaye said he eats the insects because of their nutritional value.

“They have proteins and that’s why I enjoy them. They can survive a nuclear bomb so they help some parts of the body to be strong,” he claimed.

Source: YEN.com.gh

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