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Have you ever eaten bugs... On purpose?

nomnomnoms Mar 2, 2013 10:42 PM

Not like "there was a worm in my salad!" but like "I've had sauteed silkworms".

When I was a kid, my aunt took me to a secluded mountain resort where they specialized in "mountain food"... The menu included various wild plants, boar dishes, as well as candied locusts. I could only bring myself to eat the legs...

Another bug dish: at a different resort, we were served fresh honeycomb with a yellow jacket in it. The yellow jacket is suppose to release a toxin that's good for you, or something like that.

What kind of bugs have you ingested intentionally?

  1. pinehurst Mar 4, 2013 07:09 AM

    Apart from lobster etc (ala Khan's post), no.

    1. monkeyrotica Mar 4, 2013 06:40 AM

      Cricket burger at the old Insect Club in DC. No legs, mixed with a soy patty. They tasted like pork rinds.

      Never got around to the mealworm pasta.

      1. drongo Mar 3, 2013 02:03 PM

        I grew up in Africa.. and mopane worms (actually caterpillars) were a delicacy: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style...

        1. RealMenJulienne Mar 3, 2013 12:57 PM

          Yes, fried grasshoppers, mealworms and scorpions. They all had a flavor and texture similar to that of popcorn husks.

          1. DiningDiva Mar 3, 2013 12:19 PM


            Chapulines...fried crickets, they're pretty much crispy critters

            Guasanos de maguey...maguey plant worms, tasted like salmon jerky

            Escamoles...ant eggs, savory and delicious

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            1. re: DiningDiva
              Steve Mar 3, 2013 05:59 PM

              Oh yeah, I forgot about an ant egg omelet I had at a Lao meal. If I didn't know the eggs were in there, I might not be able to tell except for a kind of salty flavor that would be otherwise hard to pinpoint, but I have to say it tasted real good.

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              Steve Mar 3, 2013 12:15 PM

              I had a pot of chrysalis in a Korean restaurant. They were in a thin, brown spicy liquid. Very delicious and earthy, not far from the taste of escargot.

              I've also had grasshopper tacos. The grasshoppers were fried crispy and crunchy. Mostly I tasted the oil it was fried in and they were very salty, so it was no big deal.

              1. Perilagu Khan Mar 3, 2013 08:53 AM

                Yes. I've eaten shellfish.

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                  Chemicalkinetics Mar 3, 2013 09:01 AM

                  I suppose that shrimps and crabs are kind of close to insects -- being in the Phylum Arthropod.

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                    nomnomnoms Mar 3, 2013 10:34 AM

                    when I was in a evolutionary ecology class in college, we referred to crustaceans as "sea cockroaches". so i guess that's spot on.

                    what i want to know are the exotic bug dishes the adventurous chowhounds have had.

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                    PhilipS Mar 3, 2013 07:55 AM

                    Yep - had ants once and also eaten BBQ'd worms.

                    The legs of the ants (they were giant ones) got stuck between my teeth.

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                      nomnomnoms Mar 3, 2013 10:36 AM

                      do they have a twiggy texture, much like deep fried shrimp tail/legs?

                      1. re: nomnomnoms
                        PhilipS Mar 4, 2013 05:31 AM

                        The legs were certainly like the legs of deep fried shrimp.

                        I have also eaten the worm in the Tequila bottle. It was a bet.

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                          Steve Mar 4, 2013 06:27 AM

                          Did you lose the bet or win the bet? And did you like it?

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                            PhilipS Mar 4, 2013 07:08 AM

                            Well I think I won the bet - I came out with more money in my pocket.

                            Can't say I liked it enough to do it again, certainly not without some financial incentive. I did chew as well, just to show I was well 'ard!

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                      INDIANRIVERFL Mar 3, 2013 07:50 AM

                      In every can of vegetables. Read the FDA allowable contaniments.

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                        nomnomnoms Mar 3, 2013 10:37 AM

                        well, i hope you don't open a can of beans thinking "gotta get my daily allowance of fly wings!"

                      2. hambone Mar 3, 2013 07:42 AM

                        grass hoppers -- they were battered

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                          pine time Mar 3, 2013 07:36 AM

                          High school biology class: french-fried butterflies, crickets and chocolate covered ants (tasted like the old Nestle Crunch).

                          Nowadays, parents would probably storm the school, saying their children were being poisoned by the biology teacher!

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                          1. re: pine time
                            nomnomnoms Mar 3, 2013 10:36 AM

                            i hear about chocolate covered ants a lot... nestle crunch, eh!

                            when i went to science camp, the camp counselor had us eat these ants that were vinegar filled, and then kiss a banana slug. i agree, nowadays parents would probably flip out...

                          2. Chemicalkinetics Mar 3, 2013 02:02 AM

                            Intentionally? None..... Oh, maybe there were the insect shell of the cicada. Not the intact cicada, just the shell. I had to drink the soup from them. A lot of them.


                            I have eaten many other insect unintentionally, but cicada shell is the only one which I had to eat over and over again for about more than 1 week.

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                              janniecooks Mar 3, 2013 12:35 AM


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