Are you hungry and gastronomically adventurous? Think about adding some edible bugs to your dinner menu.
There are about 1700 types of bugs eaten in 113 countries. What bug would make your mouth water?
Many varieties of ants are edible; Leafcutter, Honeypot and Lemon being some of the most popular. The Chinese keep warm in the winter months with a hot ant soup.
photo courtesy of Charles & Clint
2. Bee Larvae
Bee Larvae is eaten live, straight from the honycomb, in Vietnam. It can also just be simply sauteed in butter. I’ll take option two for the edible bug.
photo courtesy of crabchick
You can nosh on several types of Beetles in Thailand. The Water Beetle is often served either roasted or fried and said to taste like scallops. And probably cheaper.
photo courtesy of Arthur Chapman
In Botswana, caterpillars are dried and stored for future meals. Yum. Leftovers.
photo courtesy of gwendolen
Processed cockroaches have been used to cure illnesses for centuries or, if you are feeling healthy, try a cockroach stir-fry.
photo courtesy of listentoreason
Mexico, Thailand and Cambodia all enjoy snacking on crickets. In Thailand you can buy a bag of ready-to-eat pregnant crickets.
photo courtesy of wallyg
Popular in Indonesia and China, they got their name because their jaw resembled that of a dragon.
photo courtesy of Roj
9. Fly Pupa
After a fly graduates from its larva infancy and just before it becomes an adult, it is a pupa. At only 8mm long, it makes them perfect for sauteing a handful with a touch of olive oil.
photo courtesy of Armed Forces Pest
Next time you throw a traditional Mexican dinner party, roasted grasshoppers with chile and lime would make a nice addition. Or just garnish a cupcake with the little critter.
photo courtesy of Miss Cupcake Canada
11. June bug
Native Americans perfected the art of June bug “popcorn” by roasting them on hot coals.
photo courtesy of ViaMoi
Mealworms are the larvae of the beetle and tend to taste like what they have been raised on. In the United States, Mealworm Chocolate Chip Cookies are a favorite.
photo courtesy of hans s
14. Midge Flies
In Africa, Midge Flies are compressed into solid blocks and made into Kunga Cake.
photo courtesy of El Frito
Also known as woodlice or roly-polies, the Pillbug is a terrestrial crustacean related to lobster, shrimp and crab. The yummiest ones are said to be the ones that quickly roll up into a ball when approached.
photo courtesy of Wanderin’ Weeta’
If you are in China don’t miss out on noshing on some tasty Scorpions. Many chefs will dip them into rice wine and then cut their stingers off just prior to popping them into their mouth.
photo courtesy of maubrowncow
17. Silk Worm
Sold by street vendors in most of Asia, silk worms can be roasted to give them a crunchy texture.
photo courtesy of Mai Le
18. Stink Bugs (Jumiles)
High in Vitamin B, Stink Bugs are often added to stews because of their cinnamon flavor.
photo courtesy of cotinis
A Cambodian delicacy, the crunchy legs will remind you of eating a crab, but it will taste nuttier.
photo courtesy of Paul Mannix
Termites are found during the rainy season in Africa and parts of Indonesia. They can then be roasted, fried or made into a flour.
photo courtesy of Velo Steve
21. Walking Stick
Tasting somewhat leafy, Walking Sticks are eaten in Asia and New Guinea. And their legs can be used as fishing hooks. Bonus.
photo courtesy of Nutch Bicer
Popular in Japan, Wasps are versatile; roast, fry, saute or eat them like Emperor Hirohito by simply boiling and serving with rice.
photo courtesy of paularps
23. Witchetty Grubs
A staple in Aboriginal diet in Australia, Witchetty Grubs are dug out of roots and eaten raw or cooked.
photo courtesy of Daryl Fritz
Have you eaten any of these bugs before? Which ones will you add to your bucket list?
Disclosure: I am not a bug expert and probably will never be one. I have no guarantee on the safety of eating bugs. Consult an expert before eating any sort of bug, some can be dangerous.