Termites are seen at the Yebo Gogga Yebo amaBlomo, an interactive exhibition of live plants and animals, on until Sunday at Wits, with a number of hosted talks.
Pictures: Nhlanhla Phillips/African News Agency/ANA

If mound-building termites destroy your home-grown tomatoes, do not despair. You can just eat them.
Wits University says yes to eating bugs. Well, not all bugs are edible but the Yebo Gogga exhibition proudly encourages you to eat grasshoppers, termites and mopane worms among others.

Exhibition director Donald McCallum will have some to taste and you can decide if you have been missing out. Besides, these creepy crawlies are stacked full of proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. Plus they are either cheap or free.

“This weekend we will be making pizza out of mopane worms,” he said.

Chocolate with termites has been a hit at the free entry exhibition which has seen more than a thousand people attending since its opening on Wednesday.

Beyond learning about insects and eating them, Yebo Gogga also has a host of experts who will deliver talks. Kim Wolhuter will be speaking about what he has learnt in his close relationship with the wild. Christine Sievers will look at plants, poison and people.

Beyond learning about insects and eating them, Yebo Gogga also has a host of experts who will deliver talks. Video by Rabbie Serumula

There could be a new product on our shelves soon - cricket powder. Will this be the next superfood? Endoki, the company developing this product, will discuss it at the exhibition. Yebo Gogga exhibition concludes at 4pm tomorrow at Oppenheimer Life Sciences Building, East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand.

The Saturday Star