Edible Insects

Discussion in 'Hunting & Fishing' started by binky, Nov 24, 2008.

  1. binky

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    Has anyone here ever been trained to eat insects in a survival situation? I'm curious in case I get in a situation where I have no food.
     
  2. McPrepared

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    Is there any nutritional value in eating insects? It would probably be really hard for my to choke down a bug, but maybe if I knew it had a great nutritional value, it wouldn't be so hard!
     

  3. Jerseyzuks

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    Never had to eat one, but from what I have read, stay away from bugs that have very bright colors, obnoxious smells, or extremely bitter tastes.
     
  4. twilightbluff

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    I definitly wouldn't think twice about eating an insect that had an obnoxious smell. What is it about the bright colored ones? Does it mean something specific? I guess you would also want to watch out for the ones with stingers!
     
  5. gumby

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    You wouldn't think twice eh?
     
  6. twilightbluff

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    Okay, okay, so I'll think twice about it.....shoot, I'd probably just tough it out and choke it down if it was the only thing around to eat. They are pretty small afterall! ;)
     
  7. Jerseyzuks

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    Bright colors in nature usually serve as a warning to predators that the potential meal is toxic
     
  8. mcbob

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    Insects are very nutritious. IIRC, crickets, grasshoppers, worms, etc. are nearly 90% protein. Rip off legs and wings if you like, or any other hard, chitinous, fibrous parts that would just be crude fiber, anyway.

    Crickets, IMO, are particularly tasty and remind me a bit of black walnuts. I snag and munch them anytime, just because (and to get a rise out of whoever happens to be nearby ;) ) I fried some in an omelet once, which wasn't great, but it was edible.

    The tips on which ones to eat given previously are good. I can think of one exception to the odor rule: squash bugs smell foul, but actually taste like Green Apple Jolly Ranchers. If you're unsure on how it'll taste, just take a little nibble instead of chomping the whole thing.

    For more info, Google is your friend
    HowStuffWorks "How can I tell if a bug is edible?"
     
  9. noodle

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    Hakuna Matata
     
  10. mystery

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    Are there any kinds of illnesses / diseases that can be contracted from eating grasshoppers?
     
  11. crosscanadian

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    It is amazing to see what nature tells you on it's own.
     
  12. The_Blob

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    the risk of getting sick from grasshoppers or crickets in the USA is less than in other parts of the world: gently twist off the head & pull out the digestive tract, do NOT eat that because it could have parasites/worms, roast the rest over an open flame & you can have Cajun Crickets. ^_^
     
  13. Denny

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    Man... this thread really bugs me.
     
  14. TrailWalker

    TrailWalker Semper Fi

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    Tomato Hornworms are delicious.:eek:
     
  15. Canadian

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    I've eaten wasps, fruit flies, grasshoppers, and ants. Not much fun and pretty crunchy. But they are good for you.