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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?

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    janniecooks RE: nomnomnoms Mar 3, 2013 12:35 AM


    1. Chemicalkinetics RE: nomnomnoms 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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        pine time RE: nomnomnoms 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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          nomnomnoms RE: pine time 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. hambone RE: nomnomnoms Mar 3, 2013 07:42 AM

          grass hoppers -- they were battered

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            INDIANRIVERFL RE: nomnomnoms Mar 3, 2013 07:50 AM

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

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              nomnomnoms RE: INDIANRIVERFL 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!"

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              PhilipS RE: nomnomnoms 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 RE: PhilipS Mar 3, 2013 10:36 AM

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

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                  PhilipS RE: nomnomnoms 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 RE: PhilipS 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 RE: Steve 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!

              2. Perilagu Khan RE: nomnomnoms Mar 3, 2013 08:53 AM

                Yes. I've eaten shellfish.

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                  Chemicalkinetics RE: Perilagu Khan 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 RE: Perilagu Khan 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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                    Steve RE: nomnomnoms 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. DiningDiva RE: nomnomnoms 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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                        Steve RE: DiningDiva 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.

                      2. RealMenJulienne RE: nomnomnoms 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. drongo RE: nomnomnoms 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. monkeyrotica RE: nomnomnoms 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. pinehurst RE: nomnomnoms Mar 4, 2013 07:09 AM

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

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