Mealworms on menu at pestaurant

As City workers swapped their lunchtime sandwiches for crickets, ants and pigeon burgers, it all got too much for one nine-year-old who vomited after eating a handful of mealworms.

For one day only, pest control service Rentokil has set up the world's first "pop-up pestaurant" in the City of London.

Marking more than 85 years of service, an array of exotic cuisine is on offer, including sweet chilli pigeon burgers, salt and vinegar crickets, BBQ mealworms and chocolate-dipped ants.

The food is free to everyone adventurous enough to try it.

Stan Knight, nine, from north London, may have been too enthusiastic when he scoffed a handful of mealworms which made him vomit - but he claims he enjoyed the culinary experience regardless.

Having eaten about 10 of the yellow worms at once, Stan had to run away from the stall to throw up.

"I don't know. I liked them. They were really nice. I think it was because I had too much of them in one go. They just felt like normal food," he said.

Edible insects have recently been identified by a number of different bodies, including the UN's Food & Agriculture Organisation, as a potentially valuable source of food for the world's rapidly growing population.

Many insects are rich in protein, zinc, calcium and iron while also being low in fat.

Pigeons, despite being a nuisance for many city-dwellers, are a well-recognised delicacy, and wood pigeon can be found on Michelin-starred menus across the world.

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