Did you know that many common insects are not only edible but actually good for you protein wise? Once you get over the initial shock of trying to get a wriggling insect into your mouth and tasting it’s juices these insects can actually be a lifesaver if you’re ever in a survival situation and you need a viable food source. Here are some tips that come from someone who has personally eaten various types of insects before.
- Cook ALL Insects – Cooking thoroughly kills parasites and harmful bacteria. Despite what Bear Grylls tells you insects if not cooked properly can actually make you sick.
- Nutritious – Many insects are high in protein, fats, minerals, amino acids and vitamins.
Insects to Avoid:
- Brightly coloured insects
- Hairy insects
- Insects that smell
- Insects that feed on poisonous plants (like snails and slugs)
Ants – Raw – Sour, Roasted with Salt. Larvae are edible. Very nutritious.
Crickets / Grasshoppers / Locust – Roast, Fry, Boil. Pull legs once cooked – Protein, Calcium.
Grubs – Roast, Fry
Earth Worms – Soak in Water (a few hours) or squeeze – to get dirt out. Dry, roast or fry.
Beetles – Roast and eat like popcorn. Fat and protein.
Bees and Wasps – Brood & Adult – Roast or Fry
Dragonfly – Roast, Fry
June Bug – Roast over coals
Stink Bug (Jumiles) – Roast, Fry – High in Vitamin B.
Meal Worm – Roast, Fry
Termites – Roast, Fry
Cicadas – Roast, Fry
Moth Larvae – Roast, Fry, Boil
Maggots – Roast, Fry- High in aminos. Better for you than meat.
Snails / Slugs – Danger!!! MUST Gut or Purge. Roast, fry or boil.