Hey, don’t eat that tarantula just yet! Apparently, when mixed with rice wine, these spiders make a good cocktail.
According to the Metro (UK), this Cambodian tuk-tuk driver is enjoying what people in his country believe is a heart-healthy drink with aphrodisiac powers: a tarantula cocktail (note: in Thailand and other countries word “tuk-tuk” means a three-wheeled motor vehicle used as a taxi.)
That’s right, it’s a noxious mixture of rice wine, jack fruit, and spider entrails, with the spider being alive until he ends up in the glass. The spider was dug from the ground in Skuon, Kampong Cham Province. They are also fried and sold at roadside kiosks.
Photographer Tim Whitby captured the drink, as well as the tuk-tuk driver. 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.”
Cambodia has had a vigorous spider-food trade since the 1970’s, 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. [via Metro (UK)]