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The Official Entomophagy Thread! (Eating Bugs)

 
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Kim Goodwin wrote:

The best, in my tastes, are aphids.  Aphids grown on something you'd like to eat, specifically.  Not a poisonous plant - no aphids off a datura, for example.  Aphids off roses taste a bit like roses, aphids off brassicas have that slight brassica bite to them.  Aphids are sweet and quite innocuous.  And sometimes there can be quite a lot of them.  Whenever someone asks me how to deal with aphids, I suggest eating them, but thus far it has been one of my less popular recommendations.

Ants have that formic acid taste, and I didn't find them very pleasant to eat.



How did you eat aphids? Raw right with a leaf? I have some right now on my volunteer watermelon leaf, but not sure, if watermelon leaves are edible...:)
Ants how much I understand are best for making lemonade.
 
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Joy Oasis wrote:

How did you eat aphids? Raw right with a leaf? I have some right now on my volunteer watermelon leaf, but not sure, if watermelon leaves are edible...:)
Ants how much I understand are best for making lemonade.



Yes, I'd just eat them with or without leaves included.  But if you bring them in the house keep in mind they can escape and get on your houseplants.  That's a real pain to deal with.

Now I'm curious if anyone has tried tomato or tobacco hornworms?  Meaning hornworms that have only eaten a tomato plant, not a potato or tobacco or datura, etc.  Nothing too poisonous.

I collected a bunch today off a tomato plant.  I don't currently have birds, so I had nothing I knew to do with them.  I re-homed (hahaha) most of them on some wild nightshades and a tomato that isn't doing well.  I prefer to not kill things that I don't eat.

And that got me thinking - what if they are edible?

I came upon this recipe on the website Bert Christensen's Weird & Different Recipes:  Fried Green Tomato Hornworms

It even had an image.



Bert also has recipes for Fried Slug Fritters, Root Worm Beetle Dip, Ant Brood Tacos, and a whole host more of very unusual recipes.  A dessert looked good: Ant Venom Jellies

Sort of like Turkish Delight for anteaters.  Or ant eaters.
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Tobacco hornworms (I think) that were on a tomato plant
Tobacco hornworms (I think) that were on a tomato plant
 
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A major Canadian grocery retailer (Real Canadian Superstore) now sells cricket powder. Not cheap though, at CAD $13.26 per 100 grams. That's roughly USD $10 for 3-1/2 ounces (dry weight).

 
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If recipe says so, they must be safe to eat. If you decided to eat them, let us now, how did it go.
 
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