Sunday, 17 October 2010

Why Not Eat Insects?

Along with Jamie Oliver's new book I bough this; Why Not Eat Insects?

The book was written 125 years ago by a Victorian Entomologist, who posed this question as a theory for solving malnutrition in poverty stricken communities.

The question seems more relevant today as global warming is more apparent, meat farming being less feasible, fish stocks depleting and a third of farmed food in a vulnerable state due to the decline of the honey bee.

I've eaten most things and certainly anything foreign that's presented in front of me. But I have never really had the desire to eat insects, apart from cooking grass hoppers on a campfire when I was 13 years old. So this week I'm on the hunt for all things creepy crawly, but when looking at my balcony garden for snails (which I've been throwing into the car park all summer), there is not one in sight. But when I find one of these slimy shits, I'm planning to purge it in a box for a couple of days with some parsley (this will remove any toxins/poison from slug pellets), then boil it up, remove it from the shell and then fry it in butter, garlic and parsley. What's the point in this? I don't know, just seeing if I can stomach it.

Give me a few days and I'll get back to you.

1 comment:

  1. Did you ever get to eat the snail? You should check out Rob Taylor's Utube (see for a link). There's a video of him eating several types of insect. I think they're in India. If you turn up the volume you can hear the C-R-U-N-C-H.... Gross.