Monday, October 11, 2010

Mmm, Mmm, Bugs

I know why I don't eat insects - they aren't Kosher. But why don't you?

From Science News:

Looking for a different sort of snack? Iowa State University's Entomology Club has Web pages featuring recipes for Banana Worm Bread, Rootworm Beetle Dip, Chocolate Chirpie Chip Cookies, and other insect treats. A handy nutritional chart reveals that 100 grams of crickets provide 12.9 grams of protein and 5.5 grams of fat whereas June beetles offer roughly the same amount of protein but only 1.4 grams of fat.

12.9 grams of protein and 5.5 grams of fat - not too shabby.

Makes you think, doesn't it?


  1. Anonymous9:47 PM

    You could try the Kosher locusts!

  2. Problem is, the stupid fine print:

    (from the Wikipedia link):

    ""the Mishnah also goes on to state that any species of locust could only be considered as clean if there was a reliable tradition that it was so; the only Jewish group that continue to preserve such a tradition are the Jews of Yemen, who use the term kosher locust to describe the specific species of locusts they believe to be kosher, all of which are native to the Arabian Peninsula. Due to the difficulties in establishing the validity of such traditions, later rabbinical authorities forbade contact with all types of locust, to ensure that the ritually unclean locusts were avoided""

    D'oh - no locusts for me :-(.

  3. Anonymous9:22 PM

    Well I guess if you were Yemeni.... ;-)

  4. So true. Yet another reason I can be a little bummed out I wasn't born in Yemen.