Depends on the size of your harvest I guess. In Thailand, Cambodia & surprisingly even amongst indigenous tribes in jungly India, they are a minor though important source of calories & nutrients. And some otherwise sophisticated & modern Bangkok folks casually or enthusiastically & specifically seek out bugs for regular consumption, especially w/ their evening alcoholic beverages when with family or friends.
Originally Posted by Diana Renata
I admit to developing a taste-preference for crickets in Thailand, they are like corn chips w/ legs, surprisingly addictive & quite easy to eat the entire bag while walking around, before doubling back to get some more. They sell out. The Thais tend to deep fry their insects in chili-laced oils, topped off w/ a bit of salt or fish sauce, it's a respectable tasting snack & healthy too. I've tried them all, except for one outlier. Bugs are rich in O6s & O9s, keratin, chitin, easily assimilated amino acids & depending on prep methods, a salty spicy crunch. What's not to love, snack-wise? Though I never could bring myself to sample the water beetles in Siam,as they are basically giant aquatic cockroaches & I have too many imbedded childhood memories of giant South American cockroaches w/ bad tempers & aggressive natures (it's a long story).
In Cambodia, they relish the largish jungle spiders, kinda like a crunchy deep fried treat w/ a gooey center. Not bad tasting, not great either, key calories & macronutrients for people who need 'em. Scorpions taste like crab meat, grubs mostly tasted like overly salted cured baby dried shrimp, ants are curiously peppery or citrusy, as other have noted. I was eating bugs experimentally as a child, as it's not that big of a leap from eating dirt or clay.
As for nutrition, bugs are quality vs quantity, as I see it. It's not something I do in my homeland, but when cleaning veggies & fruits & I find em, it does take me back to a set of times, circumstances & places when I did eat 'em w/ gusto.
Last edited by Betorq; 12-18-2012 at 03:48 PM.
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