June 14, 2010

Tarantula cocktail

3:10 PM by mr. simplicity · 0 comments



The arachnophobe’s nightmare is made using rice wine, jack fruit and a tarantula – which many Cambodians believe can help your heart and work as an aphrodisiac.

Photographer Tim Whitby, who took the pictures, said the tarantulas are added live to the mixture to preserve their freshness.

They are also fried and sold at roadside kiosks.
The trade for spiders as food has been in effect since the 1970's in Cambodia - but only very recently have tourists been finding a way to see where the spiders are hunted in the nearby countryside. This particular tuk-tuk driver has even started offering spider-hunting tours.

Mr Whitby said: ‘I bought a spider from a particularly greasy looking tray and pulled off a couple of legs. They tasted sweet and a little crunchy.’

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