Americans are incorporating some rather exotic creatures into their diets.
Here’s some silk worm larvae, stir-fried with soy, sugar and just a dash of white pepper. Bon appétit!
“The silkworms have a texture of like popcorn except they have a creamy center,” says Kevin Oh, chef at Typhoon Resaurant in Santa Monica, Calif.
Typhoon is one of a just handful of restaurants, right here in America, that serves patrons bugs, on purpose.
Other delicacies you can find at Typhoon include chili pepper seasoned crickets….
And even scorpions, on shrimp toast. “Scorpions still have the stingers in them but they are dried,” Oh says. “The poison is neutralized.”
Scorpions are just one of 1,700 bugs that are safe for people to consume. Insects are part of a daily diet in most of the world.
Last year the United Nations held a global conference on the benefits of eating insects, even suggesting it might be a good solution to world hunger.
Insects are high in protein and low in fat and cholesterol. A six-ounce serving of crickets has 60 percent less saturated fat as the same amount of ground beef.
And these ants have 14 grams of protein per serving. “They taste a little sour, tangy and have a hint of black pepper,” Oh says.