7 Insects You Will Be Eating In The Future

Eating bugs will not be restricted to a form of culinary curiosity only in future but will rather become a necessity. The human population of the world is staggering to a stupendous figure of eight billion and needless to say, shortages in the food supply chain will become all the more evident now. So, it is expected that salted Mopani worms will not be restricted to just Botswana anymore and neither will crunchy fried cockroaches be a regional delicacy in China.

Like any other living organism, bugs and insects constitute a high protein diet. While a lot of you may feel that the proposition of consuming insects as a food item is rather disgusting and yucky, you can’t really deny the benefits associated with it, both health-wise and environment-wise. Since they are so rich in protein content, an insect rich diet or ‘entomophagy’ serve as a brilliant super food diet for us, human beings.

A group of students from Mc Grill University in Montreal has been successful in producing protein rich flour from insects. This seemingly unbelievable feat won them the 2013 Hult prize which includes a $1 million as seed money. It is indeed very evident that these insects will soon be an integral part of the dinner table of every household all over the world.

Here is our list of seven of the edible insects:

Mopane Caterpillars

Harvesting of this specific bug is already thriving in Africa and is a multi million dollar industry in the region. Mostly, women and children are employed in the gathering phase of this insect.

  • The preparation phase involves drying in the sun after boiling in salt water. Without the addition of any artificial preservatives, this form remains as it is for several months and that too without refrigeration. Moreover, they are extremely rich in iron. The value is estimated at 31 mg per hundred gram as compared to a mere 6 mg per hundred gram of beef.

Besides, these bugs also pack a host of other nutrients like potassium, sodium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc, manganese and even copper. Needless to say, it serves to be a great source of nutrition especially during times when the food supply is lean.

Chapulines

Extremely popular in Southern Mexico, these are nothing but grasshoppers served in a roasted and crunchy form. Their flavor is enhanced by garlic, lime juice, salt and guacamole. These grasshoppers are pests which infiltrate the fields of alfalfa and other crops. Gathering these for their food value eradicates the necessity of spraying pesticides and hence is a lucrative alternative to the aforementioned environmental hazard.

Termites

Getting rid of termites from floorboards in South America and Africa are rather simple. Consisting of 38 per cent protein and other sources of nutrition like iron, essential amino acids and calcium, these termites can be consumed in a variety of ways like steaming in banana leaves, sun drying or frying.

Stink bugs

The head of these bugs release that abominable scent which has earned them the name stink bugs and hence, they are consumed raw only after the head is removed. They are also roasted or soaked in water and sun dried in order to become edible.

Mealworms

These are especially reared in the country of Netherlands and serve as a power house of nutrients. They are packed with healthy and polyunsaturated fat along with being rich in protein, iron, zinc and potassium.

Witchetty Grub

These grubs are larval stage of cossid moth and feed on the roots of eucalyptus and black wattle. When eaten raw, one gets to savour an almond like flavour and when tossed over hot coals, the skin becomes crisp and crunchy and delicious as that of a roasted chicken. Rich in oleic acid and omega-9 monounsaturated fat, they are indeed extremely nutritious for the human body.

African palm weevil

These weevils are about 4 inches long and 2 inches wide and are collected from the bark of palm trees in the African region. One can either eat them raw or in the pan fried form. They are extremely rich in fat especially the healthy monounsaturated and the polyunsaturated varieties.

The adventurous can venture into the world of edible insects right now and the others can wait till they find their way into the dining tables.

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