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Have you ever eaten insects?

Have you ever eaten insects?
I'm a bit squeamish when it comes to insects and bugs. I hate cockroaches. I hate bees. I hate wasps. I hate spiders. I hate centipedes and other bike looking creepy crawlies. But you know what? Despite me hating just about every insect out there, I've actually eaten some of them and I think they're delicious!

I've already tried roasted beetles. I hesitated at first because they closely resemble cockroaches when they're cooked. However, I mustered enough courage to put some in mouth. And boy, did it taste great. There were some parts that were a bit hard, but overall, it was pretty good.

I have also eaten roasted more crickets. I didn't hesitate eating this because I'm not that scared of crickets. And I must say, roasted mole crickets is one of the most delicious dishes that I have ever tasted in my whole life. No kidding! You have to try it out! Also, they say that insects are rich in protein so that's a plus.

Have you ever eaten insects? What insects did you eat? If not, are you willing to taste some?

Comments

Tania997
That's disgusting and I will never do that. I'm not even curious about how it tastes, I'm pretty sure it's bad. I understand it might be part of traditions in some other countries, but I'd never be able to eat insects. Only looking at them while they're being cooked makes me sick.
Posted by Tania997 on 11-12-2017
Pixie
I have never tasted insects and have no intention to taste any insect dishes in the future. It is not popular in our culture to eat insects. To be honest, I find this to be disgusting. Unfortunately, this is not for me. I know one of my friends who went abroad once and he claimed that he ate fried wasps and the taste was not bad.
Posted by Pixie on 11-12-2017
gata montes
Apart from accidentally swallowing the odd earwig, ant and many other unidentifiable bugs that have landed - unnoticed - either in my drink or my food during my lifetime - nope I haven't ever intentionally eaten insects and nor do I intend to - as fortunately - after having seen and heard people eating them - being vegan - insects would not be on the menu.
Posted by gata montes on 11-12-2017
Sue
No I have not and I do not have any intentions of ever trying them. They are so ewwww and downright disgusting. I would much rather starve then to ever let them touch my lips ever. I know people who have eaten them on a dare but it sure would not be me.
Posted by Sue on 11-12-2017
potentialwriter
Yes of course! I have eaten some kind of insects sometimes in the past. There was a time, in my primary school days, when I used to play with friends and came out with all those childish jokes and actions. Each time it rained, some insects would come out of the grounds and we would start gathering them in order to smoke them up. I noticed that these insects tasted nice and we used to eat them up together with our meals then.
Posted by potentialwriter on 11-12-2017
vinaya
The only insect I have eaten is honeybee and I like it very much. Honeycomb consists of baby honey bees and this is one of the delicacies in our culture. It is sweet to taste (because honey is drawn from the honeycomb), it is spongy (it consist wax and baby bees) and good to eat.
Posted by vinaya on 11-12-2017
NickJ
No and I never will. Covered in hot fudge, chocolate, powdered sugar, caramel - it doesn't matter. Unless I'm being dared to do so with a HUGE sum of money on the line? I will never consume a bug.
Posted by NickJ on 11-12-2017
rage35
I am not going to try any of those crawling or flying insects even if they are delicious when cooked. It's very disgusting and I don't have the guts to try these kind of foods. I might vomit if I do so.
Posted by rage35 on 11-12-2017
overcast
I think through food I guess. I don't remember or even recall eating something through the direct contact. I'd guess some foods in random resto often end up in our stomach. So that's something we have to think about as well. I can tell you that some of the time insects have their own shares of the inclusion if they fall while we are storing etc. So that may happen and not we can control.
Posted by overcast on 11-13-2017
limberg
Most of the comments here just made my day. :D

Anyways, I've read from somewhere that the average person eats about 3 cockroaches in his or her lifetime when asleep. These vile creatures find themselves in our mouths one way or another. So maybe, you can stomach eating one of those beetles someday.

Oh, and if ever you're in the wilderness and have nothing to eat, I watched Bear Grylls eat a giant bug or two without cooking it. He said it would give you energy to last for a day.

If you're really disgusted about eating insects but want to try it out, here's a technique - get drunk first. Then put a mouthful of roasted beetles in your mouth. Yummy!
Posted by limberg on 11-13-2017
Marvadaum
I haven't and have no intention of doing so. While I realize that sometimes one does not have a choice (In a survival situation for instance) I will do all that I need to avoid that. Even hunting other animals seems more appealing to me
Posted by Marvadaum on 11-13-2017
Anonymous
I have eaten a lot of insects.Most edible insect species are highly nutritious. ... It is up to 20 times more efficient to raise insect protein than beef. That's per pound. This is mainly because it doesn't 'waste' food energy on things like raising their body temperature, or making bones, fur, feathers, and other stuff we can't eat.
Posted by Anonymous on 11-13-2017
vhinz
Nope I haven't eaten any insect. I used to throw up even if I just accidentally killed an insect so I don't think I could eat insect. I can't stop imagining how disgusting insects are when they're being cut off.
Posted by vhinz on 11-13-2017
lovely
Eating insect? I have never thought about that,why would I think of devouring insects and leaving good delicious chicken RAM, Bush meat even fish to eat insects. I rather not eat anything.
Posted by lovely on 11-13-2017
kingcool52
This is one of the things that I would never do no matter what. I would, however, do it if someone offered me a million dollars for it lol. I just don't know why anyone would want to eat an insect for any other reason really, it just feels weird.
Posted by kingcool52 on 11-13-2017
JoeMilford
I have probably eaten them by accident, but i have never done so ON PURPOSE. They say that the average person swallows about ten spiders a year, and this terrifies me, lol. I have read a lot recently about insect farms becoming an amazing source of protein for the world, and they are very cheap and easy to upkeep and manage, so I think that a lot of us will probably start seeing and hearing more about this in America as this trend continues to grow. I have heard people say that they taste good, and I guess they are pretty good for you, so one day I might have to get over my squeamish-ness towards this idea and just try it.
Posted by JoeMilford on 11-13-2017
ballyhara
Always thought that I wouldn't but I did. Honestly I didn't know what I was eating, until someone decided to tell me. I was peacefully eating some crunchy dark stuff, it looked like smashed cereal, and it tasted like roasted peanut, and let me tell you, that was exactly like eating peanuts, but it turned out to be ants. Yes, red ant butts, and I would eat those again hahaha. They taste really good and apparently are full of vitamins and proteins.
Posted by ballyhara on 11-13-2017
wiseagent
No, I've never eaten any insects and I honestly hope I never have to go through such a situation. Probably, the only exception would be to try some local dish (because I like to discover new cuisines) in a different country.
Posted by wiseagent on 11-13-2017
chatbox
No, I have no intention to eat insects ever. I grew up in the countryside where there are lots of them. We used to catch June beetles, tie them up, and watch them fly. The child with the beetle who flies the longest wins the game. We release them afterwards, though, and let them go back to their habitat. I don't need to eat insects as delicacies as there are far more interesting and nutritious dishes.
Posted by chatbox on 11-14-2017
Corzhens
I abhor insects but I’m glad to say that I had tasted cooked insects. We were in Bangkok some 2 years ago with my nephew and nieces. We chanced upon a cart in the street selling cooked insects – scorpion, bugs, etc. It is fried insects. My husband challenged us to eat and he bought a cup of mixed insects. The taste is not bad but I wouldn’t try it again.
Posted by Corzhens on 11-15-2017
felabruno
No, and I would never do this for anything in the world I would eat them. I think is just really disgusting. Just the thought of it makes my stomach sick. I know in some places is some kind of exotic "food" but I'm not sure if that could be considered as exotic at all.
Posted by felabruno on 11-15-2017
hermessantos
I never ate insects and I do not think I would ever do that. I dread insects like spiders, cockroaches, beetles, among others. I find these animals very disgusting and would not evaluate the possibility of eating them. I know that in some countries it is very common to eat insects, mainly because of their nutritional value. But I do not particularly like the idea.
Posted by hermessantos on 11-16-2017