Why You Have Eaten Insects Without Knowing It
Recently I had the opportunity to find out what bugs taste like when I took the Rentokil-Initial pestaurant challenge. If you watch the video you will see how I got on and I promise this bush tucker isn’t gross. The guys from Rentokil-Initial offered me a range of insects including roast locust, salt and vinegar crickets, cheddar cheese mealworms, chocolate coated bugs and a scorpion lollipop. You may have noticed something from that list, most of the insects were flavoured because the reality is they do not taste of much. To me the roast locust tasted a bit like bland Shreddies but when cooking regular food we season and add flavourings so perhaps that applied to bugs as well. The one thing I did discover was that they did not taste terrible or disgusting, even the appearance of the locusts and crickets was OK.
Like all the insects I tried the crickets were dried and flavoured, in their case they were salt and vinegar flavour. The house cricket is the most common type to be used for human consumption. Crickets are widely eaten in Thailand, Cambodia and Mexico they are often boiled, pan fried or roasted.
If you watch I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here these Bush Grub Crispy Critter Taster packs are officially licensed from the show but unlike the bush tucker trials in the TV programmes these are not disgusting at all. The Crispy Critters have been oven baked for crispness and flavour. The pack contains a selection of four crispy critters. BBQ worms, Mexican worms, Salt and Vinegar crickets and Curry Crickets. Yum Yum! The flavoured Crickets and Mealworms and are available on Amazon UK.
3- Larvets: Cheddar Cheese, BBQ and Mexican Spice edible worms.
3- Scorpion Suckers: Strawberry, Blueberry & Apple edible scorpions.
2- Ant Candy: Cherry & Apple edible ants.
For more details on mealworms see this page on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mealworm
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