You probably believe you would have to be dying with no other food left on the planet in order to even think about eating beetles. Entomophagy is actually a popular custom in many parts of America, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Over thousands of different types of insects are eaten in these parts of the world. I would like to share some recipes that I have discovered that maybe will interest you into trying it sometime. I am pretty sure eating beetles goes against the vegetarian code, so I will not be able to try these delicious treats. If anyone has tried eating beetles or its part of their favorite snack, I would love to know your thoughts on it and what the taste like (possibly chicken?).
Here is a list of the different beetles that people choose to eat.
– Dung Beetle: despite the strange-sounding name, dung beetles, often eaten fried, are quite tasty.
– June bug: June bugs (Phyllophaga) can be eaten at both the larval and adult stage. Native Americans roasted them over coals and ate them like popcorn.
– Mealworm: Mealworms are found wherever there is, well, meal! They are the larva of the mealworm beetle. They are often prepared boiled, sauteed, roasted, or fried, and taste like a nutty shrimp.
– Sago grubs: the larvae of the Palm Weevil. Sago Delight, or fried Sago grubs, is a specialty in Malaysia and Indonesia. In Borneo and Papua New Guinea, they are often cooked in Sago flour, and wrapped in a Sago leaf like a tamale. They are said to taste somewhat like bacon, and are an essential source of fat. (Image via Deliciouslytasteless.com)
– all examples were from: http://edibug.wordpress.com/list-of-edible-insects/
Mayo June Beetle Dip
For this nutritious recipe, simply blend cottage cheese, lemon juice, skimmed milk and spices. Once a smooth creamy consistency is attained, add whole June bugs for a crunchy texture. Be sure to remove their wings and heads. June bugs contain 13.4g of protein, so they are perfect for growing kids or after a long work out at the gym. This recipe is apparently sweeping through Maine and Arizona, proving once and for all that bugs are coming back in style.
Water Beetle a la Crme
Although the look of this dish is enough to give small children nightmares, this concoction is a popular dinner in Asia and India. Add 250 grams of water beetles to a pot of boiling water containing a little salt and soda, and boil for 2 minutes until tender. Put your water beetles into a saucepan, and season with salt, butter and cream.
Garnish water beetles with herbs and serve it hot. Giant water beetles contain 19.8g of protein, 13.6mg of iron and a whopping 43.5mg of calcium per 100g. This dish may keep the dentist away, but it’s going to be a while until it catches on outside of the Orient.
These dishes were found on: http://www.elistmania.com/juice/7_most_nutritious_insect_dishes/