1. Charlie says

    I had snails once. I figure anything cooked in butter and garlic is going to be tasty. Snails have a sort of rubbery texture that is not very pleasing in my opinion.

  2. gregorybrown says

    When our own midwestern cicada swarm was active Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream in Columbia MO made 2 batches of cicada flavored product–fried cicadas, sugar, chocolate and some other flavorings were well rec’d by customers. The Health Dept prevented any additional marketing because the state regs don’t cover insects as food for people. This is an example, like restrictive zoning laws that prohibit apartments above commercial businesses or additional housing units on oversized single family lots, of what prevents sensible exploitation of land an food resources that might help alleviate some hunger and the degradation of farmland by suburban sprwl.

  3. Andrew says

    If more people ate insects we probably would have less of a global hunger problem and it would reduce environmental impact. Think about how much energy is put into raising, feeding and slaughtering just one cow vs. how many insects you could raise with the same amount of energy. It’s all cultural anyway… Why is it just fine for us to eat other mammals as well as birds, but we scoff at eating insects? I think that yes, I would have issues with it, but I also think we have to redefine how we are existing on this planet and where we put our resources.

  4. Anastasia Beaverhausen says

    They need to be batter dipped and/or crumb-covered so they’re not so recognizable. And a charming name might help. In Texas (and I believe the rest of the south) we have a nearly-identical species that are annual, so you could ‘enjoy’ them every summer rather than have to wait 17 years for them to be back on the menu, like the McRib.

    I think a better use for cicadas, though, would be to crossbreed them with fireflies. They’d be so big and bright they’d light-up your yard like Times Square without increasing your carbon footprint.

  5. anon says

    There are probably a few restaurants in the state offering up cicada scampi, though harvesting them yourself will assure they are local, free range and organic.

  6. Anastasia Beaverhausen says

    @anon — local and free-range, yes, but organic? They could have just been sprayed with neurotoxic insecticide moments before their capture, or their feeding range might include an EPA Superfund site.

  7. anon says

    @ Anastasia

    Well, perhaps outside of NJ they can be organic. They don’t feed as adults, only underground sucking on tree roots for 17 years as nymphs, so if your backyard is organic, then so are they. However, it was the self-congratulatory restaurants I was really chiding.

  8. Mike says

    At some places in Mexico they eat fried grasshoppers sort of like popcorn or nuts. In fact some am told that some people prefer them. (Hmm. Make your own joke about the joy of having ones mouth full of nuts . . . )

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