I’m A Food Editor, Get Me Out Of Here

According to Forbes, Mashable and Fortune.com, bugs are set to go mainstream on British dinner plates in 2016. Seven’s Food Editors test the trend by tucking in to insects three ways…

With the European Commission offering £2.9m to the group that comes up with the best idea for getting insects into our everyday dishes, and the Dutch government investing £783k into researching ways to get insects into mainstream diets, the quest to get creepy critters on all our shopping lists is in full force.

When you consider the science behind the thinking, it makes sense. Experts say that bugs are a great source of nutrients and protein (100g crickets contains 13g of the stuff), they’re inexpensive and expel fewer greenhouse gases than the average cow. With 1,900 edible insect species, the flavour combinations are endless: termites taste like mint, stink bugs taste of apples, and tarantulas like crab. Really.

But will real people ever trade chicken for cockroaches, beef for beetles and salmon for spiders? We challenged Seven Food Editors Nadine Brown and Linzi Brechin to step into the breach in the name of science by chefing up and sampling insects three ways…

Cricket Stir-Fry

Nadine says: “Not bad, if you don’t mind the odd wing getting stuck in your teeth”

  • Taste: 8/10
  • Gross-out factor: 6/10
  • Reality factor: 4/10

Linzi says: “You could see their eyes!”

  • Taste: 7/10
  • Gross-out factor: 8/10
  • Reality factor: 6/10

Beetle (Locust) Eton Mess

Nadine says: “If you like your food to stare soullessly at you before you eat it, this is a winner.”

  • Taste: 5/10
  • Gross-out factor: 10/10
  • Reality factor: 2/10

Linzi says: “This was horrendous. Especially when your fellow guinea pig messes up the take and you have to eat two!”

  • Taste: 1/10
  • Gross-out factor: 10/10
  • Reality factor: 1/10

Mealworm Margarita

Nadine says: “Not sure if I liked it. Might have to make it again to be sure.”

  • Taste: 9/10
  • Gross-out factor: 3/10
  • Reality factor: 8/10

Linzi says: “The tequila definitely helped. It’s a cool idea for an alternative cocktail!”

  • Taste: 10/10
  • Gross-out factor: 2/10
  • Reality factor: 9/10

Conclusion 

Nadine says: “I’m not sure if I’m ready to add these to my go-to list of recipes any time soon, but I do have a newfound appreciation for tequila!”

Linzi says: “The stir-fry was definitely the most realistic dish. The bugs added texture and they’re only six calories a handful! Chocolate dipped in anything is always a winner in my eyes, but I’ve found an exception to the rule with those locusts!”

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