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15 Insects You Didn’t Know You Could Eat!

Warning: If you recently ate lunch, you’re not going to want seconds after seeing these “dishes!”

 

Here is a list of some of the worlds edible bugs. We are not sure if you will want to try them, but they are worth noting.

1.) Agave Worms

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This kind of worm is sometimes found in tequila or mezcal bottles. The larvae are often pickled in alcohol or consumed as a standalone dish in Mexico.

2.) Scorpions

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In China and Thailand, scorpions are typically served fried, where they taste like a soft-shell crab.

3.) Grasshoppers

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Roasted grasshoppers are a fairly common dish in Mexico. They are served with chile and lime, and sometimes featured in grasshopper tacos!

4.) Honeypot Ants

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The Aboriginal people of Australia eat these ants, which also serve as walking food carts to other ants in the colony.

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Fried silkworm grubs are consumed in South Korea and Thailand, where the silk industry looms large.

6.) Nsenene

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Described as tasting like a cross between chicken and shrimp, these African grasshoppers are common in Uganda as a fried dish.

7.) Mealworms

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Mealworms are typically used as pet food, but sustainability organizations in Europe promote its use as an ingredient in other dishes, like cakes or burgers.

8.) Eathworms

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Known for being high in iron, earthworms are consumed in countries like Venezuela and Croatia.

9.) June Bugs

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Native Americans roast these insects over hot coals.

10.) Walking Sticks

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Some varieties of walking stick are eaten in Papua New Guinea and Asia. They supposedly taste “leafy.”

11.) Crickets

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The most common methods of cooking crickets are through frying or roasting. They are often consumed in Cambodia, Thailand, and Mexico.

12.) Wasps

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Adult and larval wasps are roasted or boiled in some East Asian countries in order to get a described “buttery and earthy” taste.

13.) Cockroaches

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These surprisingly clean bugs (if raised on a plant-based diet) can be tasty when fried or sautéed.

14.) Tarantulas

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Tarantulas are popular in Cambodia for their protein and alleged virility-boosting properties. They supposedly taste like crab.

15.) Cicadas

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The cicada pupae have soft, juicy bodies just after they molt. They are eaten fried in Asian countries like China, Japan, and Malaysia.

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