But you can totally start today.
For some reason, most of us will happily tear away at the charred flesh of some unfortunate beast when it’s teatime, but balk at the idea of chomping on critters with more than four legs.
While some of the more adventurous of us might sample a scorpion on a stick or soy-sauce-sprayed bamboo worms when passing through a South-East Asian marketplace, or even have been brought up with witchetty grubs as not that big a deal, it’s way more common for people to freak out at the idea of necking insects. But that’s going to have to change.
Wait – why are we eating bugs?
Because they’re delicious, with a generally nutty flavour and teeny-tiny drumsticks. Okay, okay – that’s not why. It’s part of the training regimen for going on I’m a Celebrity… Ugh, fine.
It’s because insects are proving to be one of the most sustainable sources of protein and potassium on the planet, and with a growing global population we need to shift our thinking to ease demand on our natural resources. Plus the little cricket farms are adorable, and there’s less screaming than you get from pigs being slaughtered.
Where can we buy them from?
In Australia, Edible Bug Shop is an online retailer of insectoid snacks based in western Sydney. They’ve got heaps on information their site when it comes to whether this stuff’s safe to eat, what the benefits are and whether Spicy Crickets Trail Mix really is a thing you can buy for $10. (Yes.) Oh, and they also have a few recipes for you to try at home, which is pretty cool.
Is there anything less… bug-looking on the menu?
Look, we’re not entirely sure on the legality of importing packets of Cricket Chirps into Australia, but there’s something gotta-try about the idea of “corn” chips that have been made with flour ground from the corpses of crickets. Especially since they’re flavoured with cheese, salt and BBQ, so you don’t have to picture the thousands of tiny insects being crunched up to make them. Don’t forget to pick up some salsa!
Can I eat the cockroaches I find around my place?
Uhhhh… probably not. You’re better off sticking to farmed insects, which have gone through proper health checks and comply with Australian Food Standards. Housebound cockies – and the bugs from your garden – can be chemically contaminated and/or have parasites that’ll make you sick. Feel free to put the wind up those little jerks by eating a bag of satay crickets in front of them, though. Teach them some respect.