Eating grasshoppers---any entomologists or anyone have any info??
mahaffy at dordt.edu
Wed Jul 13 11:05:22 EST 1994
Adrian Riskin (riskin at nauvax.ucc.nau.edu) wrote:
: Does anyone know of any information on eating grasshoppers? In particular,
: which types are good to eat, how does one cook them, can they be eaten raw,
: some entomology newsgroups, because I know that some entomologists are in
: favor of bug eating, but I couldn't find any.
There are a couple of good lists. One is entomo-l at uoguelph.ca I assume
you would subscribe by writing listserv at the same address. I am not
sure of how to subscribe but the list is there and active.
In response to Adrian's question and some of the responses. I grew up
in Eritrea (East Africa) and the migratory locust were eaten over
there. You did, however, have to pull off the head and digestive tract
(which is bitter - why Americans try and chocolate cover their insects
that have intestines in). If I recall right, they were fried. The
locusts could then stored almost indefinitely and were a great snack. It
is also my impression that not all locusts or grasshoppers are edible so
be sure you are eating the right ones.
James F. Mahaffy e-mail: mahaffy at dordt.edu
Biology Department phone: 712 722-6279
Dordt College FAX 712 722-1198
Sioux Center, Iowa 51250
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