To those who are deathly afraid of even the tiniest bug, well, I feel you. I don't think I've ever consumed a bug. *cringes* It's weird for some people, but other cultures pretty much have insects as part of their diet. In fact, the United Nations urges people to eat insects. They are actually high in protein, fat, and minerals. There's also the possibility that if we start to include insects as part of our diet we can help the environment. “Domesticating and rearing insects can help sustain insect populations while also helping counter nutritional insecurity and improve livelihoods,” Afton Halloran says, a consultant for the FAO Edible Insects Program. (x)
Feel like you should get started on an insect diet? Here are some interesting bug-based bites:
This is a creation of Pestaurant, a restaurant that serves insects in a more familiar light. Just close your eyes and you won't be able to tell the difference between it and BBQ Cheetos. Close your eyes real hard.
This is another creation of Pestaurant's. Salt and vinegar chips aren't for everyone. What more if they were salt and vinegar crickets?
One of Thailand's most popular snacks: deep-fried cricket seasoned with Golden Mountain sauce (which is similar to soy sauce) and pepper.
Insects to Mexican cuisine is like rice to Filipino cuisine. Insects have been a staple food of Mexican cuisines for centuries. Mmm, crunchy. *eye twitch*
Blech. They literally stink, especially when you kill them. So, if you could get past the nasty stench they release, feel free to find out if they really do have an apple flavor. They also have anesthetic and analgesic properties. (x)
If you're alone in a forest and you need something to eat, these guys wouldn't be a bad choice. The "honeypot" or swollen abdomens contain nectar which give them a natural sweetness in flavor.
I have seen hell and this is it. Of course for those who live in Cambodia, this is a regional delicacy. The spiders are fried in MSG, garlic, sugar, and salt. It's still disturbing I'm sorry.
*eye twitching* I don't think I'll willingly consume a bug. Looking through these pictures already make me shiver. But hey, if you enjoy consuming bugs or if your culture considers them as a normal part of your diet, then who am I to judge?
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