Tastes Like Chicken

Buzz

Bugged by eating the same old things? Well, then. . . .
If you can get past the thought of eating something you normally would squash like, well, a bug, then you might want to sample a creepy, crawly critter or two.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations says there are nearly 2,000 edible insect species in the world – and many of them are packed with protein, fiber, good fats and vital minerals. While many cultures around the globe regularly consume insects as part of their diets, Western countries tend to lag — and gag — at the idea.

David Horne, owner of Horne’s Pest Control, says he never has eaten bugs – intentionally, anyway – other than crickets contained in protein bars. “They say that the average person in their lifetime will eat about eight pounds of bugs, though,” he says. “The human body can digest proteins and nutrients in bugs more efficiently than those in beef.”

As the world population and the cost of food production continue to escalate, Horne says, “Americans aren’t going to be able to eat steak and pork chops forever. The trend of eating bugs is inevitable.”

So what do insects taste like? Better than you think, fans say. According to these munchers, many have distinctive flavors:

Ants: nuts and beef jerky

Termites: pineapple

Stinkbugs: apple

Spiders: nuts

Agave worms: sunflower seeds

Tree worms: pork rinds

Bee egg, larvae and pupal stages: bacon

Wasps: pine nuts

Grasshoppers: peanuts and chicken

Katydids: pistachio

Pond/water flies: duck and fish

Scorpions: beef jerky

Tarantula legs: chicken wings

Giant water bug: salted bananas

Chocolate-dipped, powdered, fried or dried, experts say edible insects are winging and crawling their way into America’s food chain and can give us a “leg up” on nutrition.

So this summer, when you’re swatting away those pesky bugs, you might want to think about adding them to your diet instead.

Bon appétit!