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Edible Insects - De-lish!

  • Jun 2, 2011
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Entomophage - eater of insects. That is what you and I are. Well, some of us. Okay, less than the number of people that thought Oprah's final episode was the prophecy fulfillment of returning balance to the Force. There are more than 1,400 edible insects to choose from and people from Asia, Africa, Australia, Central and South America all enjoy their share of it (good thing no one travels to these places). Insects have great nutritional value, are generally low in carbohydrates and fat and are easily raised and harvested. These are among the most delectable, nutritious, and utterly grotesque (only on the inside) of insects and bugs on our lovely planet. Bon appetite!
Termites are loaded with protein and the second most eaten insect on Earth. They are best gently roasted on a hot plate or lightly fried until slightly crisp; oil is not usually needed since their bodies are naturally high in oil. Traditionally they make a welcome treat at the beginning of the rainy season when livestock is lean, new crops have not yet produced food, and stored produce from the previous growing season is running low.
Giant Water Bug
These bugs are fried or roasted and are said to have a flavor that is not unlike scallops. They are a cheap treat in Thailand, where they are readily available in the wild and are eaten shells and all after being fried or roasted.

Its large, meaty body and pleasant flavor (if skillfully cooked) make it one of the world's favorite edible insects. Cicadas have been eaten in China, Malaysia, Burma, Latin America, Germany, the Congo and in the United States. In North China, cicadas are skewered, deep fried or stir fried as a delicacy.

Eaten fried, sauteed, boiled, and roasted, these are amongst the most common insects eaten and are particularly popular in Mexico and Thailand (where you'll find pregnant crickets sold commercially--yum!).
Stink Bug
Also known as jumiles, stink bugs are high in B vitamins, are said to taste either bitter or like cinnamon, and may have tranquilizing and analgesic properties. Apparently, they can survive the cooking process, and thus are often eaten alive. The yearly Jumile Festival involves the eating of thousands of jumiles, and the corwning of a Jumile Queen (how cute!).
Dung Beetle
Dung beetles are usually eaten fried and, despite the misleading name, quite tasty!
These arachnids are a popular food in Cambodia. Though the habit of eating spiders can be traced back to the scarcity brought on by the Khmer Rouge regime, the cooked spider trade still thrives in town's like Skuon, which is well known for its edible arachnids.
Casu Marzu
This cheese, made from sheep's milk, is famous for being infested with fly larvae. These worms are introduced to the cheese in order to aid fermentation. While some people remove the larvae prior to eating, many do not.

Bee larvae, especially, are prized in many cultures as tasty morsels. After all, they eat royal jelly, pollen, and honey! Adult bees may also be eaten, often roasted and then ground into a nutritious flour.
Witchetty Grub
Witchetty Grubs have been a traditional food among Australia's indigenous community for centuries. This wood-eating larvae turns into a moth if it doesn't find its way onto the plate. They are either eaten raw or cooked in the ashes of a fire.

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June 09, 2011
Pretty cool list. might have to try them when I get the chance.
June 09, 2011
Well, never say never, right? I wonder if you could dip the tarantulas in chocolate? It might be good. Have you ever seen these insect candies? Did you know that we actually have a National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day? It's October 14th, super random factoid LOL...
June 08, 2011
OMG - I'm adventurous when it comes to eating new things, but not anything on this list! Especially the stink bugs and tarantula. No no no -- disgusting but very interesting list!!!
June 07, 2011
EWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!! Ive always said if i was ever trapped in and had nothing to eat i would do this. Especially Spiders BLEH!!!!!!. Disgusting list dude. Actually meaning awesome but in a gross way. LOL
June 07, 2011
Hah, thanks!
June 05, 2011
Insects give me creeps... so, no, thank you! I had tried some but only one bite. I'll stick to my sashimi, LOL!
June 05, 2011
where the red ants at?! Those are delicious!!
June 04, 2011
"Waiter, just a plate of melted butter and garlic. Hold the snails...and the cicadas."
June 03, 2011
Dude, Tu, this list is AWESOME! I've never eaten bugs before, but now I'm actually kind of tempted to. That last pick looks like gnocchi... :D
June 03, 2011
Hehe, thanks! If and when I travel to these different countries I'm definitely going to try some of them!
June 07, 2011
And then you have to let us know how it was! ;)
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