Many bugs are edible;
however bugs are not normally viewed as food in Western culture.
Yet Non-western and indigenous
societies have always eaten bugs.
Military survival manuals
indicate that insects are an ideal food alternative. Nutritionists
likewise report most bugs are good for your health.
And there is arguably no
more intimate way of getting to know nature than by handling it with
bare hands and even, yes, eating it.
Most insects are edible.
Open your mind and then your mouth will open. Otherwise open your
mouth anyway and your mind might open too!
Another hint: Catching them
is half the fun.
Start with some research and start
slowly e.g., I roasted a few cicadas this last semester - they
taste like chicken, but they've got lots of crunchy bits. But now
I'd be a lot more confident about catching them and eating them again:
not eat bugs? Bug eating advice for
Insects as food (Entymology, University of Kentucky)
How to use insects as
Bay Area Bug Eating
You do not need to eat bugs
raw - many are tastier after a light roasting. As with any food,
when it is well prepared and presented, it is often more enjoyable.
gourmet cooking ideas for cicadas.
Equipment: Source of bugs, e.g, moths, worms,
cicadas, ants, etc.
Time: ~30 mins - 60 mins
There is arguably no more intimate way of getting to know nature than
by handling it with bare hands and even, yes, eating it. Most
insects are edible and nutritious. Opening your mouth can open your mind.
Photo: Jenna Jadin, a
University of Maryland graduate student in entomology, shows off her
homemade batch of chocolate-covered cicadas. Peter J. Casey --The