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Entomophagy is a 'fancy' word used to describe the practice of eating insects… and I'm surprised I haven't discussed it before Razz
Insects are a fantastic source of animal protein, generally with low fat and caloric content, and provide several vitamins and minerals as well. They can be much easier and cheaper to rear in large numbers with far less feed and real estate than cattle, sheep, goats, fish, poultry, or other vertebrate sources of meat, and are easily prepared in a variety of ways. Just like other meat sources, they're easy to digest and tasty.

I've had the opportunity to try eating a few different types of insects, prepared in a few different ways. They can be pretty tasty and easy to eat… though I must admit that when I tried stick insects, I did experience some squeamishness, but I suppressed it, and they were pretty tasty (it's just that they were kinda big… and I was being a baby Razz ).
I'm a mild advocate of entomophagy, and it can be a partial step towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions through reduction of cattle (which are major producers of CO2 and CH4). Insects are eaten to greater or lesser degree around the world, though generally to a lesser degree in western nations. It's not a new thing, it's been going on as long as we have been Wink

Here's a little infographic on some of the insect (groups) consumed around the world and some of their nutritional content.

Insects really are a great food source, and I do suggest giving them a try if you get the chance. Any squeamishness you might feel is entirely cultural, and can be overcome Wink

8 blog comments below

Insect can be tasty especially the worm at the bottom of the tequila - laugh
standready on Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:55 pm
I've eaten loads of unknown cooked grubs in rural areas of Laos, very tasty even if I had no idea what they were.
The most unusual was deep fried large tarantula type spiders on sticks, yummy once I got my head around it, but after a few weeks of being a baby and only eating sticky rice it was a welcome protein addition Smile
watersoul on Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:22 pm
Recent video from this year's Entomological Society of America (ESA) Annual Meeting asking about tasty insect experiences:
Ankhanu on Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:18 pm
Well I feel ill now! Sorry, I have nightmares and often hallucinate and think my bed is full of bugs sometimes!!!!
TheGremlyn on Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:27 am
Here's a BBC documentary on entomophagy.
Ankhanu on Fri Nov 15, 2013 12:49 am
When I think of insects I think of mopane worms in Southern Africa, which are considered a delicacy. I haven't partaken of any myself. The worms get dried as well, a bush tradition of creating Long Life shelf worms.

Definitely an interesting subject, and have just learned a new word! Razz
deanhills on Fri Nov 15, 2013 2:46 am
Anouk Zijlma wrote:
But as I continued to chew, the real flavor became unmasked and I detected a blend of earth, salt and drywall.

Hah! What a singing endorsement Very Happy
I imagine each species is going to be somewhat different... I mean, we're talking about taxonomic similarities like those between chicken and beef.

You should give it a try when your in SA next, Dean, and give a report!
Ankhanu on Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:25 am
Ankhanu on Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:11 pm

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