not the same, but I had roasted cicadas in the orient and despite all the fancy spices, they tasted rather flavorless, just like if you were eating a piece of paper. I ate them fast, before my brain had a chance to realize what I was eating, lol.
I can honestly and w/o hesitation say I will not get a craving for this delicacy any time soon.
My opinion set aside, very interesting article, J-J
Thanks, Kim, but I'll wait on a report from you... ;-)
Vossner, I'm with you on the cicadas... texture was unappealing. The next time there was a big cicada "event" I didn't line up at the tasting table. Some things, you only need to try once (or not at all, if you're not of an adventurous bent). LOL
LOL Jill! Good one. Can I borrow your tweezers? Care to come over for pot luck dinner?...
Cicada's?!? not happening.
I did eat chocolate covert ants but I don't think that counts - chocolate and no visual to overcome disqualify that delicacy. On the other hand I am very fond of snails - escargot - again with the garlic overtones. I also eat steak tartar, beef carpaccio, rabbit, sashimi and ceviche which may turn up a lot of noses but more for me!
Eating insects for a lot of countries is all about getting protein into their diets. Goodness knows there is plenty of availability with insects!
In Thailand, insects are a popular part of the local diet. They are also very nutritious. I couldn't get my nerve up to try most of them, but I did have some fried silkworms. They were like very light french fries. Not bad.
In the local market great big water bugs are popular -- also other kinds of insects. I think you had best start out eating insects as a child if you are going to eat them as an adult.
There is a very sad story about some very poor people in India who got flower with weevils and other yucky things in it because that was all they could afford. A group of aid workers decided to get them flour without the bugs -- I don't know if they sifted it or bought other flour, but the year with the good flour, these people suffered more nutritional problems than they had with the bad flour. Sadly, insects do provide needed nourishment sometimes.
The other thing they do with insects in Thailand is make purses and sculptures with the iridescent wings and bodies of beetles and who knows what other kind of insects. I saw these in the Queen's Museum in Bangkok. They are magnificently iridescent blue, green and purple, but so expensive only the very most wealthy can afford them.
Reminds me of the stories you hear about countries like India (?) getting powdered milk as aid from richer countries. Cow milk is not used for food in these countries, the story goes, and the population was for the most part lactose-intolerant. But it may be one of those urban legends one hears.
Never tasted cicadas myself but those wasp larva have a taste of their own, sort of hazelnut, the real connoisseurs enjoy them directly popped out of the net so the garlic would not alter the taste but I have tried it this way so far!