We don’t want to steer you in the wrong direction, OK?
Vulcan Termite and Pest Control, Inc. does not have Emeril or Paula Deen on its staff. We’re not in the biz of telling you what to eat. We do best when we stick to eliminating pests. But we came across this article a couple of months back.
It’s sourced from the United Nations. You know, those people who try to solve world problems in New York City. These guys released a report. Specifically the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. The word from these scientists tells us that there are nearly 2,000 kinds of bugs that we can eat. Just go to Asia. They serve grasshoppers, ants and other things that crawl and hop as part of their cuisine.
That got us to think: What kind of common insects could you add as a side dish to your Halloween party?
It Ain’t Survivalism
We’re not suggesting you go all Bear Grylls on your guests. This is not a new episode of the Fear Factor. But we came-up with a short list of bugs that you could use to supplement your drab meat and potato diet. Don’t gag. Here we go:
- Grasshoppers, Crickets and Locusts.
These fellows are at the top of the chain because they’re practically everywhere on Earth. A super source of protein. They have a neutral flavor. That means when you stir fry them with other more traditional foods they’ll take on the taste of what they’re heated-up with.
Tired of using eggs to punch-up your breakfast? Try ants. It takes a bunch to make a meal, but in 100 grams of red ants you’ll get about 14 grams of protein, which beat eggs by a mile. Add to that, ants are low in carbs and the same amount fills your belly with over 40 grams of calcium. Probably want to fry them in some low cal oil.
In South America, the natives love their beetles. Especially the june, long-horned and rhinoceros varieties. According to some, back in the day, Native Americans would roast ’em and snack the beetles like popcorn. Lotsa protein.
- Water Boatmen and Backswimmers.
Wanna be an entrepreneur? Build a farm to cultivate and harvest these bugs. You won’t be eating the insect. You’re looking for their eggs. Find the larvae on the stems of aquatic plants. Pluck them off, dry them out and PRESTO, you’ve got what is called Mexican caviar. Supposedly they taste like shrimp.
Boy, do they stink! But if you can get past the aroma, cooking up a tribe gives an apple-like flavor to sauces. Scientists report they also have analgesic and anesthetic properties.
- Bees and Wasps.
Finally, for those craving almonds or peanuts, try baking them. You want to scoop these bugs up when they are in their baby stages. Wasps? A good substitute for pine nuts.
Wanna try any of these insects? Don’t call us to ’round up your next snack. We’re in a different trade. But if you do take the leap, send us an email on your experience. Love to hear what happened and see the pictures.
Original Source: https://www.vulcantermite.com/pest-news-updates/un-says-eat-bugs-recipes
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