Eating the Ugandan snack nsenene has been compared to munching on crispy chicken skin. But nsenene never cluck; they chirp. Nsenene is the Luganda word for long-horned grasshopper, which make for a popcorn-like treat in the wet season.
In Uganda’s central region, nsenene is prepared both by vendors and by children and parents at home. Ugandans pluck off grasshoppers’ wings and legs, and then fry the unlucky insects in their own oil with onion, chili, or other spices. The fact that nsenene secrete oil makes them more affordable; locals don’t need to buy cooking oil.
The popular treat is only available for several months each year, during the wet season around May and especially November.