An Indonesian cannibal who spent five years in prison is seeking love, promising his people-eating days are over.

Sumanto, currently residing in rural Central Java, was jailed after he dug up an old woman's body for a "cheap and tasty meal."

"She was delicious," he told AFP from his room at a Muslim mental rehabilitation center in rural Central Java.

"I love meat ... all types of meat, as long as it's cooked. But I don't eat people anymore."

But after his lengthy prison stint, the former farmer now longs for the taste of love.

"What is love? How can I describe it when I've never experienced it, never tasted it?"

Sumanto said his cannibal days are over and that spinach was all he ate nowadays in a bid to be accepted back into normal village life.

But his plea for love doesn’t seem to be working. He was rejected by his village upon his release from prison with a next-door neighbor fearing she could be Sumanto’s next meal.

"There'll be chaos if he ever comes back," she said. "I don't want him to kill me and have me for dinner."

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