The next school year was about to come and the rain was falling casually. It was another season of fun caused we were able to catch salagubang again. The beetle are coming out during month of June and when the rain started falling. It can be collecting by shaking mango tree branches. Some are collecting them at night, they are found clinging on grasses.
We are not eating salagubang. We were catching them just for fun. A beetle tied with a piece of string on legs was our favorite toy. It flies continuously until its energy is exhausted.
Father told me that a flying salagubang tied with string can be used to play a little drum set. Sorry! I never know further details….
Salagubang is more than a toy. Its larvae form lives underground and eat plant roots. It is considered a pest in some regions. It can also be eaten and a good protein source. Recently, Jessica Soho featured some salagubang recipe:
The crispy fried salagubang. The june beetle’s wings and legs were removed. Boiled in water with salt to taste. Boiling was continued until the water was almost dry. Then enough cooking oil was poured to commence frying.
Sinampalukang salagubang. Salagubang were prepared by removing the wings and legs. It was neccesary cause the legs have sharp thorns. Then washed thoroughly. The young sampalok leaves were mixed with salt. Chopped finely and rinsed with water. Onions and garlic are sauteed and added with soysauce. Salagubang, sampalok leaves and enough water, were added in succession. Cooking was continued until boiling.
Other recipes for salagubang are adobo and fried salagubang with honey.