Foraging: 10 Bugs You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into (Part 1)
The idea of biting into a juicy caterpillar might induce a gag reflex, but in a survival situation it could be the difference between life and death.
Most people in North America have a deep prejudice towards bugs, especially in regards to them being a food source. But the fact is, over a quarter of the people worldwide (thats over 2 billion) are already eating bugs as part of their diet.
There are over 1900 edible insect species thriving around the world. Equaling an estimated 40-tons of bugs per person! Changing our mindset about these creatures may be the answer to the coming food shortages.
Bugs are big business in places such as Mexico, Thailand and Indonesia. Infact, eating bugs is very common in many parts of the world. And for the more adventurous connoisseur, there are online retailers offering a variety of prepackaged and ready to snack on bugs.
So, if you get to the point where eating bugs may keep you from starving to death, don’t think of them as a last resort. They are packed with protein, high in fat and provide a bit of carbohydrates as well.
The following are the top five of the ten tastiest bugs to dine on:
- 1. Ants – When foraging for a tasty meal, don’t forget about ants. Considered a delicacy by many, ants rate very high for taste. These bugs are a great source for high quality protein, but less fat than most other insects. Boiled or roasted ants provide both nutrients and flavor.
- 2. Cicadas – If you are ever in need of survival food, look to the cicada. Nymphs and adults provide a tasty meal and can be prepared by roasting, frying or boiling. These big bugs are packed full of protein and vitamins, making them a staple food for survival.
- 3. Grasshoppers – From late Spring to early fall, grasshoppers are readily available. Gather these from dusk till dawn and cook when in need of a quick meal. Grasshopper are relatively simple to prepare. These bugs can be boiled, sun-dried, fried, or added to soup and will provide plenty of nutrients and flavor. Beware of multi-colored species which can be toxic. For safety sake only eat solid colored grasshoppers, and remove the legs before ingesting.
- 4. Crickets – Another quality source for protein are crickets. Believe it or not, 100-grams of cricket contains 12.9-grams of protein! If you’re in need of a meal, crickets are a tasty and nutritious choice. Prepare your crickets by dry roasting, frying, or simply adding to most any meal as an additional source of protein.
- 5. Mealworms – Mealworms are a worldwide staple food and a premium source of nutrients. Mealworms can live in most any environment where they can find food and can be found in decaying wood, leaves or grasses. Sautéed, roasted or boiled, the mealworm can be prepared a multitude of ways and can be eaten alone or added to additional food to add nutrition.
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