Russia restricts tea supplies from Sri Lanka after finding beetle……………..
Posted on December 16th, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

In Russia ,Vodka with a snake  inside is quite a delicacy .To have a beetle in Tea may become quite popular in time to come?

Sri Lankan women are usually with long hair and hardly use any head gear when they cook .Many times I have found long hair in our meals we Consume .Sometimes you find cockroaches in the food.One found nut and bolts and dead insects in bakery products.In a Mcdonald in one of the countries one found a fly in the bamburger . In one of the private hospitals in Sri Lanka ,one visitor found a worm which was photographed and the photo went viral in the social media .

Mexican cuisine offers such beloved staples as tortillas, beans, chili peppers and chorizo. But travel to certain regions of the country, and you can also find ant eggs soaked in butter, chocolate- covered locusts and candy-covered worms

Each October and November, winged queen ants, or içás, descend on a small Brazilian town called Silveiras. Citizens collect the ants, remove their wings, and either fry them or dip them in chocolate

Bugs account for up to 60 percent of dietary protein in the rural African diet. For many people in Ghana, eating termites can be an important means of survival.

Forget about peanuts and pretzels — many bars in Thailand serve fried bugs alongside their libations. Crickets, grasshoppers and a variety of worms are all considered favorite snacks in this part of the world. If you’re on a date in Thailand, grab your sweetie a handful of insects to snack on as you refill her Thai tea.

Larvae are big in this Asian country. You can sample roasted bee larvae or fried silkworm moth larvae — both rich in copper, iron, riboflavin, thiamin and zinc.

Blue Beetle

Some Dutch citizens are trying to bring bug-eating culture to their home country by making chocolate infused with ground mealworms

Surprise, surprise. You’ve probably seen reality TV shows where contestants are challenged to consume bugs — an idea which thoroughly disgusts many Americans. But if you’ve ever worn red lipstick or eaten red candy as a snack, you’ve likely ingested the insects used to produce that red dye, called cochineal.

In Hongkong  they fry and eat beetles and in Korea dog meet is consumed .In China they eat snakes and in France frogs are a gourmet meal .

Back to tea ,it is sad that the factory or the packing company did not take precautions to avoid beetles getting into the bulk tea exported .

Vodka matured with dead cobra

In order to promote teas abroad we may have to inform potential buyers that beetle is an insect with natural vitamins ,hence having a full or part of a beetle ( of course not a cockroach) is healthy to consume.?

Dr Sarath Obeysekera


5 Responses to “Russia restricts tea supplies from Sri Lanka after finding beetle……………..”

  1. NeelaMahaYoda Says:

    By the way big household cockroaches in Sri Lanka (කැරපොත්තා) are not native to the country. These insects migrated from America through ship containers etc and hence named “Periplaneta americana” though we have a native variety called Periplaneta ceylonica (දුබුල්ලු)

  2. Senerath Says:

    This is an interesting subject (කැරපොත්තා). I didn’t know that. No wonder we have the exact same variety in Australia. Why don’t you give some reference of write an article about this.
    Why do people call Lansi කැරපොත්තා ? I find it disgusting to call people like that.

  3. Senerath Says:

    Alos never heard the word දුබුල්ලු.

  4. NeelaMahaYoda Says:

    Periplaneta ceylonica is normally called දැලියා or දුබුල්ලු. you normally find them in the rack above the traditional stove in the Sri Lankan Kitchen (ලිපට උඩින් තියන දුම උඩ)

  5. Senerath Says:

    OK, I have heard that word “දැලියා”, but never seen it although we too had the දුම those days. Probably this creature not seen in Colombo suburbs.

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