Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What's on the menu?

Here is a collection of photographs of some of the things I have eaten during my time in the jungle. (I did not take all of the photos myself. Some were shared by friends. Thanks to the Dawson, Findley, Jank, and Mutti families.)


(Photo by Michael Dawson)

Roasted Monkey

(Photo from the Findleys)


(Photo from Michael Dawson)

Palm Grubs

Earth Worms


Gator (caiman)

(Photo from Jacob Mutti)


(Photo from Jank's)

( This is the only one I have not tried, but thought you would like to see it anyway)


redneck preacher said...

The tapir looks like normal food. I've had monkey and gator but I'd eat the rest only under orders from above.


MightyMom said...

okay, so I've gotten used to the thought of the worms over the last year or so I've read your blog.....which leaves me with this dilemma....

what is grosser.....termites or grubs?

tough call!!

Rebecca said...


Jungle Mom said...

MM, grubs.

Jungle Mom said...

Termites, uh, yeah. Not for enjoyment, mind you. Just to try them and say I had. They are not bad, not good, just something in your mouth.

Lady Glamis said...

*stomach flips*

Lovely. I'll stick with my own diet. Although I've heard alligator is deliche!

Liz said...

grubs... NONE for me!

Joy said...

Ok. I'm speechless. I've had gator but NONE of those other things.
My hat is off to you woman. I'm impressed.


Betty said...

Palm grubs?!!! And earth worms!!
Everything else I can go along with, but those two did me in! Ewww! :)
Did you eat them for the fun of it or so that you would be more accepted with the Indians?

Pilar Stark said...

oh wow! God sure knows who is calling where and why. :)
Well, for sure this gives you a lot of cool missionary stories to tell the kids classes while on furlough. They must to all love you :)

Sis. Tammy said...

Way to go! I've only had gator. It was better than the frog legs I had tried, though. LOL

God definitely knows who to put where, huh?

Many Blessings,
Sis. Tammy

Anonymous said...


I grew up with Guacamaya's... to eat one would be akin to cannibalism. The rest I could probsbly eat, if my life depended upon it... ;-)

firepig said...

Wow ! You know Rita sometimes when I look at your posts from the jungle and remember how long you lived there,and knowing just how much of an adjustment you must of made, I can just imagine how much you must love it and miss it.

I think when we have to make such a great effort that we need to put all our heart and understanding into it, then it becomes just that much more special and a part of us than if we hadn't had to change that much.

Brenda said...

I've only eaten 2 of these (that I know of!) and I would not willingly eat the others, but you never know, it could happen!

Kathy said...

Questions: How long did you live in the jungle until you were able to try these things? Were any of them actually tasty enough that you ate them more than once? Were these things eaten during regular dinner, or say while sitting around the campfire like we would roast marshmallows? Did your kids try more things than you did? Did you ever offer such food to visitors??? :) Thanks!!! Oh--one more--were any of those things eaten by the Indians like we eat candy?!?!

Tammy said...

I was doing okay until you got to the grubs.

I know, I know, they're packed with protein!

Anonymous said...

Ugh. That monkey reminds me of the Philippines. They sell monkey there in stands by the road, it looked like cooked babies to me.

Charles said...

I can see it now. For a limited time only Micky D's new Monkey brains and Tarantula McMufin. For a limited time only. Yum Yum !!

I have eaten Grubs,Termites, gator, dog and who knows what else ( don't ask in some places )