It seems only yesterday that you were finishing up the last of the mashed potatoes or Pumpkin Pie from this past Thanksgiving. For some of you, maybe it was! But it’s never too early to get started planning for your next family feast.
Here’s an idea for you. Instead of going with traditional fare, why not try something a little off of the beaten path – or was it found on the beaten path? Most Americans would never consider taking a taste of an insect, no matter how it was prepared. But they are a delicacy in many other countries across the world. But two chefs in Brooklyn, NY are on a quest to change that.
A Celebration of Pest Protein
The founders of the second annual Brooklyn Bugs Festival invited 40 entomologists and journalists to join them for an exquisitely prepared feast the Thursday before Thanksgiving—A new holiday they termed “Bugsgiving.”
In fact, it makes some sense to tie a feast of insect dishes to our American Thanksgiving, as the native americans both ate and taught the new colonists to our shores to eat various insects and may have brought some to the get together that we think of as the traditional first Thanksgiving feast.
A Mouthful of Flavor
Perhaps the most interesting thing about trying insect-based dishes is the variety – and familiarity – of taste.
The Dubia cockroach, found in Central and South Americas, tastes a lot like blue cheese. Black ants, who use formic acid to defend themselves against predators, have a very citrus-y taste, albeit slightly sour.
Crickets and mealworms are ground up into flour and used for everything from fried chicken to cricket granola and chocolate-dipped cricket protein bars.
It’s Better for the Environment
Insects are cheaper and easier to raise than our traditional forms of protein. They not only require fewer resources, but also emit fewer negative gasses into the atmosphere. A common analogy is that eating a steak is like driving a gas guzzling SUV, while eating insects is like riding a bicycle. To bring a turkey to market takes an average of 468 gallons of water, per pound. Meanwhile, it only takes a single gallon of water to raise a pound of crickets.
Of course, it’s going to take a while for insect eating to become truly mainstream. But events like Bugsgiving as well as the many restaurants popping up on the coasts boasting bug-centric menus seems to indicate that it might not be long before you’ll be able to order select insect infested dishes at your local McDonald’s or Perkins. Hey, you may already have eaten some insects if you like Figs!
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