Foraging: 10 Bugs You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into (Part 2)
- 6. Dragonfly – Always plentiful near water, you can eat the dragonfly adults or the larvae. Fried or boiled, the dragonfly makes for a tasty dish.
- 7. Locusts – Considered to be "kosher", locusts have been eaten for thousands of years. The plump bodies of these critters provide plenty to snack on, make the locusts a prime survival food. Stir-fried, boiled or dried, locusts can be prepared in a variety of ways. Rich in protein, zinc and iron, make locust a premium source of nutrients as well.
- 8. Waxworm – Waxworm offer a nutty flavor, roasted or sautéed, the waxworm can be the source to a nutritious meal. If you would rather not indulge on the waxworm, bait a hook with these as fish love them.
- 9. Rolly Polly – Or Sowbugs. These small bugs make their home in rotten wood or the moist soil under rocks. The sowbug can be roasted, or eaten fresh.
- 10. Termites – The high oil content of termites provide a nutty flavor and they offer a valuable source of protein, essential amino acids and fat. Roasted, baked or boiled, termites are tasty.
Not everyone is comfortable with the eating insects, but bugs are a reliable source of protein and essential vitamins. In a survival situation bugs will provide the vital nutrients that could save your life.
Word of caution: If you have allergies to shellfish you should avoid eating bugs. And be careful not to gather from areas where insecticides or pesticides may have been used.
How will you know what bugs are safe to ingest? This simple rule should keep you safe in most situations, “If it’s green or brown, toss it down. Red, orange or yellow, forgo that fellow.”