Insects : often annoying , sometimes dangerous , but also delicious !

May 14, 2014

Bites and stings are annoying , and sometimes dangerous . That's why we market insects repellents for over 20 years . You might be surprised that we also love insects…on our plate . Read more .

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The world population is growing . According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO ) we need to produce 70 percent more food by 2050 in order to provide everybody with enough healthy food . This situation requires  a renewed look at our diet.

Insects : often annoying , sometimes dangerous , but also delicious !

Bites and stings are annoying , and sometimes dangerous . That's why we market insects repellents for over 20 years . You might be surprised that we also love insects…on our plate . The consumption of insects , whether or not stripped of any venomous fangs and spikes, is called entomophagy .

Boiled , fried, baked, roasted , raw or even alive ... in many countries, eating bugs is normal and even seen as a delicacy . In Europe however, eating insects is often referred to as  crazy and scary. We find that unfortunate because insects on the menu offer many advantages. For example, insects ( larvae ) are a source of protein and are as qualitative as meat , but growing insects is much more durable than meat production .

Are you ready for the new cooking ? We can recommend the caramelised grasshoppers from the Dutch cookbook “Het Insectenkookboek“ .

Caramelized locusts
• 2 tablespoons ( hazelnut ) oil
• ½ cup grasshoppers ( + / -16 ), without wings and legs
• 2 tablespoons sugar

Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the grasshoppers golden brown in a few minutes . Add the sugar and stir well until the sugar is golden brown ; This takes about 4 minutes . Beware, now it goes really fast . Is it dark ? Than it is burnt and bitter. Note : caramel is very hot, do not lick the spoon ! Allow to cool and treat yourself and your guests to a delicious sweet nibble . Delicious with a cup of tea or in combination with a sweet dessert .

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