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Additional PR-Friendlier Edible-Insect Renames


Because if cicadas are "the shrimp of the land," maybe...

Scorpions: Sundried lobsterettes
Tarantulas: Silk crabs
Crickets: Grass cracklins
Ants: Hill seeds
Worms: Earth-angel hair pasta
Centipedes: Fringed hot dogs
Termites: Savory sprinkles
Bee larva: Shadow omelettes
Pupa: Underground veal
Cockroaches: Sunless chicken
Fly: Pre-plucked micro quail

Aaand I have made myself sick.

Elsewhere: Radiolab's Cicada Tracker.



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area@twitter

You had me at "sundried lobsterettes".

I...would not mind trying a cicada. I think I'd want someone else to prepare it, though? Like if I was offered a cicada appetizer at a fancy bar I'd probably give it a whirl.

aphrabean

@area@twitter I read once that they tasted like canned asparagus, and that quenched ALL of my curiosity. Blergh.

area@twitter

@aphrabean Ew. That does not sound like what I was hoping for.

collier

@aphrabean: Oh my god, this exchange made me snort-laugh.

milominderbender

I don't know if I should puke or cry.

fondue with cheddar

@milominderbender Edible insect...isn't that an oxymoron? MORE LIKE PUKESYMORON AMIRITE

supernovice

"fringed hot dogs," good god.

Killerpants

@supernovice I actually gagged reading that. Hork.

Canard

Delighted laughter with a tinge of quease.

kallitropos

Beware the shadow omelettes

aphrabean

I <3 you, Edith.

@aphrabean This is Edith Zimmerman Gold.

iceberg

Aussie Bush Tucker Edition
witchetty grubs: wiggly beans
bogong moths: flying cashews
green ants: vinegar pops

beecaveroad

I don't even have time to type all of the nopenopenopes this post has inspired within me.

frigwiggin

GRASS CRACKLINS

collier

@frigwiggin : FOR FUCKING REAL. That one just MURDERED me.

frigwiggin

See, if they were, like, bred for food, and clean, and stuff...I could do it. I like the weird yellow goop (brains?) that's inside crab shells, I could probably get down with eating bugs if I could get past the "dirty BUGS" taboo that's been hammered into my brain by society.

aphrabean

@frigwiggin I really think this is in our future! Pound for pound, crickets have as much protein as beef, with a fraction of the environmental footprint. Also you can prepare them in ways where you're not, like, picking antennae out of your teeth? But you're right - they do need to be raised for food, away from pesticides, and they always always need to be cooked thoroughly, for all the reasons you want to cook meat. Though I suppose raw insects is not a particularly tempting entree.

aphrabean

@frigwiggin Have you seen this?
http://www.fastcoexist.com/1681804/tastes-like-cricket-designing-a-delicious-insect-based-food-system#1

frigwiggin

@aphrabean Ento! I love it. I would definitely gruffle some of that. Although the caption at the top picture is kind of weird: "This might look like Asian fusion, but it’s not. It’s bugs." I'm pretty sure it's still Asian fusion, though?

SarcasticFringehead

@frigwiggin Because there really are good reasons to not eat, say, flies that have been chowing down on rotting meat or whatever, but a clean, healthy insect is not, to me, any grosser than what's inside a clean, healthy food animal. At least in theory.

collier

@SarcasticFringehead : Despite your excellent avatar, you are WRONG, because BUGS and OMG NASTY GET THEM OFF ME.

Seriously, I am afraid of moths and butterflies and bumblebees oh my god I'm going to have nightmares tonight.

Laughable Walrus

@frigwiggin I've actually tried a cricket (fried) and ants before - excuse me, grass cracklings and hill seeds!! - and they were tasty! So...there's that.

seaview

I was offered a deep fried tarantula in a home in Cambodia, but the description of the texture as 'creamy' was enough to put me off forever. I got great pictures of one of the kids with his pet tarantula though

mochi

@seaview Noooooooooooooooooo

MandyMcAwesome

We use to chase the boys in my neighborhood with the cicada shells. I get a sly grin on my face every time I hear that sound...sigh.

Also, Wikipedia has a gif of one emerging which was kinda cool:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicada

fondue with cheddar

Most of the "friendlier" names are still cringe-worthy. I DO NOT EAT ANYTHING WITH AN EXOSKELETON THANK YOU

melissaluvscats

Oh, this is delightfully horrible.

This is hilarious. MOAR OF THIS, this is amazing.

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