Geoff Mackay’s Food of the Day – Bugs

by Geoff Mackay on September 27, 2010


Though it may be gross insects are eaten all over the world. They are an excellent source of protein and in plentiful supply.

In the U.S., we’re more accustomed to exterminating insects than to eating them, but in scores of countries around the world–including Thailand, where food markets are stocked with commercially-raised water beetles and bamboo worms–bugs have long been a part of a well-balanced meal.

Incredibly efficient to raise, insects are also crawling packets of nutrition. A 100-gram (3.5 oz.) portion of cooked Usata terpsichore caterpillars–commonly eaten in central Africa–contains about 28 grams (1 oz.) of protein, slightly more than you’d get from the same amount of chicken. Water bugs have four times as much iron as beef.

Hey anything can be cooked right and with enough sauce anything can taste like chicken

Here is a recipe to try it you are adventurous enough.

Banana Worm Bread

  1. 1/2 cup shortening
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 2 bananas, mashed
  4. 2 cups flour
  5. 1 teaspoon soda
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 1/4 cup dry-roasted army worms
  10. Mix together all ingredients. Bake in greased loaf pan at 350 for about 1 hour.

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